Mistakes or Opportunities?
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
I am sure you have heard the story of Ivory soap, the “soap that floats.” However, it was not always that way. Years ago, this soap was just another brand among many until a factory foreman made a mistake. He left a fresh batch of soap in the cooking vat and went to lunch. When he was late getting back and the soap had overcooked, the foreman frantically examined the burned soap. It seemed to clean the same. The only difference he could see was in the weight. The burned soap was just lighter. He could either report the mistake and risk being fired, or he could make the best of it and ship the soap out as if nothing had happened. He shipped it out. The results surprised everyone. Instead of complaints, the company was deluged with orders for this new “floating soap,” and the foreman was promoted.
God works the same way, taking our mistakes and our sins and bringing good out of them. Paul said it well in Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose”. If we let Him, God will use the pain of our sin and the results of our mistakes as the foundation upon which He can build a new life.
God works through our mistakes, knowing there is strength in pain that can be gained no other way. God does not eliminate mistakes, but He does step into the midst of the mistakes we bring to Him. At our invitation, God’s very presence fills those mistakes with power and fresh hope, redeeming them for new truth and insight. God is not committed to our comfort, but He is committed to our character, to making us more like Jesus, and He will use every part of our life to make it happen. God does not waste a single experience, and there are no “scraps” of life to be thrown away. He uses even our mistakes for our good.
Take a closer look at your life. Have your mistakes become a burden, constantly reminding you of your failure and inadequacy? Do past mistakes keep you from stepping out in faith today? It is time to realize a new reality that God is at work in us, even in our mistakes, even when we do not recognize Him or understand His process. Someone once said, “Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way.”
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Bob Clark