Learn From Your Mistakes & Turn Your Lemons into Lemonade

by Karin Peavy on July 18, 2016

in Empowerment, Encouragement

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Learn From Your Mistakes & Turn Your Lemons into Lemonade

I made a mistake last week. (Shock! Awe! What? Huh? Yes, I make mistakes. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. We all make mistakes. Lol.) I scraped against someone’s car in a parking structure. 

The other driver and I exchanged contact information. There was minimal damage to both cars. No one got hurt. I filed a claim with my insurance company to have the scratches on the other driver’s car repaired. I don’t care about the scratches on mine. 

When you make a mistake, you might naturally get upset even with small ones.  You might go back over what happened again and again to figure out what you could have done to avoid the problem. There’s nothing wrong that. I think you should learn from your mistakes. You should make any corrections if necessary and aim to do better next time. As the old saying goes, make lemonade from your lemons. In my recent situation described above, I will pray more carefully about my driving. When you have been a Christian for a long time, you tend to take things for granted. I repented of that. I will be more diligent to pray for safety and protection.

Don’t be overwhelmed with guilt when you make mistakes. Ask for forgiveness and forgive yourself.

You don’t want to fall into the guilt trap when you’ve made mistakes. Ask God for forgiveness and then forgive yourself. When you are tempted to feel bad, resist those feelings. You don’t have to be ruled by your emotions. They do not dictate the direction of your life. They don’t decide your identity. Emotions are your servants. Bring them in line with the Word of God by focusing on the Word. It is not God’s will for you to walk around in condemnation.

When you make a mistake, be led by the Spirit. Seek His wisdom and do what He says. God always has specific instructions for us when we ask Him for direction. We will receive it when we wait on Him long enough to receive those instructions.

Strive to look ahead. That’s how the healing process starts. That’s how the learning begins. 

We all make mistakes. That doesn’t mean the end of the world. It just means putting your trust in a God who has the power to make even your mistakes to prosper! He can turn things around for you and others involved.



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Learn From Your Mistakes & Turn Your Lemons into Lemonade
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Learn From Your Mistakes & Turn Your Lemons into Lemonade
When you make mistakes you are tempted to feel bad. But it's not the end of the world. Here's how to respond when you've failed.
Karin Peavy
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