Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Attitude towards mistakes of life

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Attitude towards the mistakes of life

But when he came to himself, he said, How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, - Luke 15:17-18.

As long as we walk in this body of flesh, we would all make all manner of mistakes in life, ranging from the simple ones to grave ones that would look as if we can not recover from. I want you to know that as long as we are in faith, the word of God which says that nothing is impossible with God rings true and the comfort it gives to every believer is that there is no mistake that is beyond redemption, none at all if only we learn how to confront them with the right attitude.

But it must be said that there is an attitude that the believer who intends to tap into this blessed assurance must walk in the face of his mistakes, and attitude that would enable him or her to benefit from the promises which it gives. You see there are some people who made mistakes in life and felt it was so bad there is no way they can recover from it, such would as a result allow condemnation to deny them of the restoration that is available through the unfailing mercies of God. Many have lost their way in life because they applied the wrong attitude to deal with their mistakes. We live in a world where many are too afraid to own up to their mistakes and would rather wallow and die in it. We live in a world where many would rather take their life rather than own up to their mistakes. This I must say is sad very sad, because they chose to confront their mistakes with the wrong attitude.

You see the prodigal son would have died in a foreign land having squandered his inheritance and many would have said he died from hunger or from wasting his life away. The truth is, what would have killed him would be his pride, if he had allowed it to guide his decisions and nothing more. He had every reason to be ashamed of going back home to face the ridicule of his brother, his father's servants, friends and even his own father. He had every reason not to return home having squandered his inheritance, but he chose the right attitude to confront his mess. The bible said he came to his senses, he came to his basic elements, he stripped himself of all the arrogance and the self confidence that got him into the mess he found himself. He had to.

You see pride would say I cannot allow that to happen, I cannot allow people to see me fall flat on my face and I cannot face the shame of going back. All of these come from pride and the result is that those who walk in this manner of pride often end up doing more damage to themselves than the mistake they made.

I know of a man, who owns a number of mega million spinning talent shows on TV, this man who once lost everything he had in this life and went bankrupt, he did not hang himself, nor was he too proud to go back to live in his parents home until he could get back on his feet. Today not only is he back on his feet, he has achieved more than he had before and he has become a better human being for it. You see this man confronted his mistakes with the right attitude and this is what makes him special.

The right attitude for handling mistakes in our life begins with humility, the humility that acknowledges that we have messed things.  The attitude that we need to confront our mistakes in life is deeply steeped in humility, the humility to say we have messed it up, the humility to say we need to beg for the forgiveness of those we have let down instead of continuing in the arrogance of saying we cannot allow them see us fall flat on our face. It does not matter if they see us fall flat on our face, it does not negate the fact that we are lying down flat on our face. Rather it is the humility that recognises the need to stop right there and possibly retrace our steps back to wherever help is available.

The prodigal son for all his shortcomings demonstrated the right attitude when it mattered most , it saved his life and gave him another chance in life.