The Greatest Mistakes in My Ministry (So Far)
Don't assume anything. It isn't a depressing message that includes me weeping uncontrollably with stories of doom, despair, and agony.
It's good news. Well for me at least.
Pro. 24:16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Making mistakes and failure is a part of life. That's what Proverbs is saying. What you do afterward defines who you can be. So admitting my mistakes means that #1 I know what they are and #2 I can do something about them.
But for many people they neither know what is wrong thus, they cannot do anything about it.
For years I have used an illustration about Pain that may be useful here. Before I had a kidney stone, I thought I had a high tolerance for pain. Ha! After I had my first kidney stone, I quit whining about a lot of things that use to bother me. But when I do reach the threshold of my pain, it's a full blown 10! (I'm usually screaming at 8 or 9).
Many times we don't change our lives until our failures cause enough pain to force the change. Or in other words, "The pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change." Let's be honest here, who wants to be screaming in pain when you can do something about it BEFORE it hurts that much.
Sunday is all about falling down and getting up - and that my friend is a GREAT thing!
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to make the changes today that will save me and my family pain tomorrow. AMEN.