Proverbs 19:21  Verse of the Day for 01/30/2017
Learning From Mistakes

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Psalm 19:21

As many people have learned by experience, "There is no failure except in no longer trying."

A young man had just been appointed President of the bank. He had never dreamed he would be President, much less at such a young age. So he approached the distinguished Chairman of the Board and said, "You know, I've just been appointed President. I was wondering if you could give me some advice."

The old man came back with just two words: "Right decisions!"

The young man had hoped for more than that, so he said, "That's really helpful, and I appreciate it, but can you be more specific? How do I make right decisions?"

The wise old man simply responded, "Experience!"

The young man said, "Well, that's just the point of my being here. I don't have the kind of experience I need. How do I get it?"

Came the terse reply, "Wrong decisions!"

Wrong decisions, mistakes....    we all make them. Do you learn from your mistakes, and then move on to new challenges? Or do you take mistakes personally, and form a negative attitude toward yourself and life?

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently." Those words are from Henry Ford, the famous automobile maker. Most people don't know it today, but Ford saw his plans collapse around him, and he went broke five times before finally succeeding.

Are there failures in your life that bother you? Ford refused to let failures make him a failure - remember his approach. Also remember the Apostle Peter, who denied Christ three times but through faith, was restored by Jesus and went on to serve God in many effective ways.

Most importantly, ask God what He wants for your life. Then obey what you learn. You see, when all is said and done, it is not your plans, but God's purpose, that is going to prevail.

Rich McLawhorn 



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