Summary: And whatever we do, we need to live by faith Faith that we will make mistakes Faith that God will see us through it, Because God will restore, support, and strengthen each one of us
Making the Most of Our Mistakes
• It seems sometimes that we have so many opportunities to mess up in life –
• We do things we know we shouldn’t – and we make mistakes.
• When industry tries to expand to other countries, there are plenty of opportunities for mistakes.
• When GM tried to introduce the Chevy Nova into South America, they neglected to notice that in Spanish “Nova ” means “No go.”
• Needless to say, sales were poor for a car that wouldn’t go.
• When Coca-Cola was introduced in China, their attempts at finding a phonetic equivalent in the Chinese language resulted in a drink called “bite the wax tadpole.”
• Pepsi didn’t do too well either with their Chinese advertising.
• Their “Come alive with the Pepsi generation” slogan translated into
• “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.”
• On New Year's Day in 1961 Deccan records decided to pass on signing the Beatles to a record contract stating that guitar groups were on their way out.
The point is We All Make Mistakes
• Some of them are more public than others,
• But one things for sure we’re in good company when we make mistakes.
• Now when it happens we may try to deny it.
• We may even call it something other than a mistake.
• If a driver makes a mistake, it’s an accident
• If a teacher makes a mistake, it’s a new theory
• If a barber makes a mistake, it’s a new hair style
But when we try to deny our mistakes, that’s when the trouble begins.
1 Corinthians 10:12 says,
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
• When we think we’re doing all right, we stop being cautious,
• and when that happens we start to make mistakes.
In Psalm 30, David admitted:
6 When I was prosperous, I said,“Nothing can stop me now!”
But then in the next verse David admits the real truth:
Your favor, O Lord , made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
The truth is we stand or fall by the grace of God.
• When we believe in ourselves and our prosperity, our abilities,
• That’s when we make the most mistakes, and we fall hard.
• Peter is one of my favorite disciples.
• He was a guy that made mistakes – and Jesus still loved him.
• And That’s encouraging
But one time
When Jesus was telling his disciples that he was going to suffer in Jerusalem and be killed and then rise again,
• Peter response was that, "God forbid it, Lord! This will never happen to you!”
• Jesus reply is anything but comforting
• He says, "Get behind Me, Satan!
• Jesus was correcting Peter because Peter
• Was Seeing things from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
How would you feel if your mistakes were a stumbling block for Jesus?
Even Paul made mistakes. In Romans 7:19, he tells us
19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
• We all struggle,
• Paul knew the difference between right and wrong
• But he still made mistakes
• He still choose to do the wrong things.
• So when we make mistakes, we need to understand that we’re in good company
But at the same time we need to Learn from our Mistakes
• Now if you’re a surgeon or a pilot, you might want to try not to make mistakes.
• But if what you do isn’t a matter of life and death
• Sometimes we see that mistakes can be a good thing
• Post-it notes were invented by mistake. Teflon was a mistake.
• The discovery of America was a mistake.
Back in the 1970’s there was a car called the Gremlin.
• With a name like that, what can you expect?
• But even though it was a failure, it was the start of the modern day hatchback
• Thomas Edison is famous for his tolerance of mistakes.
• It took him 10,000 attempts to create the light bulb?
• Once a reporter asked him, “How many times are you going to fail at creating the light bulb?”
• Edison’s reply was, “Son, I haven’t failed!
• I’ve simply discovered another way not to invent the light bulb.”
Jesus Knows We’re Going to Fail:
• At the last supper, Jesus told Peter that Satan would “sift the disciples like wheat.”
• Peter’s response “I’m ready to go both to prison and to death!”
• Then Jesus informed him that, before the rooster crowed the next morning,