“A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant“
Whoa. Have you heard that quote before?
It hit me different when I revisited it recently.
And I asked myself, but why? Then I remembered:
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” is written in the Bible two different times in this exact way, in James 4:6 and in 1 Peter 5:5. It’s time to pay attention when we see repetition like that!
God would rather see us working through a mistake we made in complete humility than see us puff our chest up in victory that we most likely would credit to ourselves—not to our Father in Heaven from whom all blessings flow!
So keeping that spirit of humility is crucial to staying in alignment with what God wants for our lives.
I feel like one of the most beautiful things about God’s design for us little humans down here on earth was the ability to have free will. To make our own choices, even to the point that we will (at some point or another) choose something else to worship other than our Maker. He doesn’t want blind soldiers who only do as they are told. He wants disciples who count the cost and keep their eyes on Him no matter what the storm looks like all around.
I honestly can look back at some of my most difficult moments of defeat, regret and heartache and all I can see now is how my brokenness in those moments were how God got my attention the most. So yes, I’ll take a mistake any day over a hollow achievement that compromises my relationship with Jesus.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV