Listen children to your Father’s instructions, and pay attention in order to gain understanding (Prov 4:1).
I used to really enjoy watching Bob Ross, the soft-talking TV artist whose words flowed with wisdom and comfort as he painted “happy little trees.” Whenever he dripped or blobbed on the canvas, he’d say, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
As believers, our mistakes can be defined as acting outside the will of God, and truth be told, those happy little accidents can sometimes have devastating consequences that we can’t undo or fix.
But God can! His plans are still being accomplished and He can still use us in them. The first step is to acknowledge them, not try to cover up or justify. And just like any loving parent, God teaches us through our mistakes as we grow more and more in the image of His perfect Son.
Then He taught me and said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commandments and you will live (Prov 4:4).