I accidentally made a blunder last week (do we ever blunder on purpose?!) and the next morning it occupied my thoughts. I can’t go into detail on the specifics of the blunder, but I may have done something which breached a confidence. It was completely innocent on my part and I’m not even certain it was in fact wrong, but it was on my mind all that morning.
So as I was running in sub zero (literally!) temps listening to music, the only sound I actually heard was this blunder playing repeatedly in my mind.
After enough distance had passed that my fingers were finally beginning to thaw, I decided to create a blunder box –an imaginary box whose sole purpose in life was to hold my blunders (yes, it is quite large actually, thanks for asking).
So, once it was filed I wouldn’t allow myself to dwell on it any longer! What was done was done, I could not change it, and dwelling on it was not going to bring the text back or change the outcome.
Makin’ it Personal:
Are there any blunders you have been harbouring which need to be thrown into your own blunder box?
Beating ourselves up for mistakes does not help anyone, and instead gives the enemy room to add condemnation to the blend of self criticism, regret, and hurt. Don’t allow this! Get the blunder in the box and move on!
I enjoyed the rest of my run far more once the box had been opened, the deposit made, and the box closed. And so will you.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:6-7
Questions to Ponder
When have you allowed a mistake to steal your peace and joy far beyond the apology?
Are there any blunders you have made recently which need to be made right?
When God forgives, He forgives. So if you have confessed, receive His forgiveness and then live as if He loves you and accepts you. Because He does….and He will.