May 17, 2018

Everybody makes mistakes. The problem is, people usually allow their mistakes to be ‘swallowed by time’ – they don’t have any intention to fix them due to ignorance, shame, or fear of consequences. They could have layers of excuses without knowing that their inaccuracy (wrong words or actions) could negatively impact themselves and others, both directly and indirectly.

The world’s condition (both universally and our ‘personal world’) is influenced by the various decisions made in the past. Witnessing the decline and decay of this world in so many aspects, we know that so many wrong decisions have been made. Meanwhile those who are supposed to take responsibility simply let time ‘swallow’ their mistakes.

1. The world will be a better place if we dare to face, fix and take responsibility of our mistakes

Human nature after the fall is to pass the blame (Genesis 3:11-13). Such is the nature of most people! Remember, however, that we are unlike ‘most people’; we are New Creations (1 Corinthians 5:17).

We come from Spirit and truth (John 3:6-8, 1 John 3:19). So it is normal for us to show different attitude, behavior and decision-making; we always try to do the right thing! And even though we make mistakes in our carelessness, we won’t quickly try to ‘wash our hands’. We are brave enough to carry the responsibility by fixing our wrongdoings until the end!

We will face the consequences of our mistakes. However, take faith! Holy Spirit will give us the ability to face whatever consequences that we must face. For truly, we didn’t intend to do any mistake!

If our mistake is unintentional, usually the consequences won’t be as heavy compared to premeditated/intentional mistakes. Carry our responsibility and fix our mistakes, both in words and action. By doing so, we are building a better future for ourselves and those who interact with us, both directly and indirectly.

Realize this truth: our words and deeds is a sowing. If we sow truth, we will reap life. If we sow error, we will reap negative things. If we fix our mistakes, we are sparing others from experiencing the destruction caused by our mistakes.

Psalms 126:5-6 (NASB) Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

2. Get used to say: “Forgive me. I am wrong. What can I do to fix my mistake?”

Just like what I have emphasized, everybody could make a mistake, and surely everyone has made a mistake. However, not everyone wants to admit their wrongdoing and act to fix it, although that’s what should be done!

I believe this world will become a better place if everyone does what’s right, and when everyone readily take responsibility when they accidentally make a mistake.

Learn from Zaccheus. He realized that he has made a great mistake: trying to become rich through crooked ways (extorting others)! However, his encounter with Jesus changed his life. Zaccheus became a new creation!

Look at how Zaccheus fixed the mistakes he did:

Luke 19:8 (NASB) Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”

Zaccheus applied the principle of “Forgive me. I am wrong. What can I do to fix my mistake?”

Zaccheus is willing to lose all the wealth he has amassed overnight, even to the point of poverty – he has to be in debt to return the money of those he extorted. He did all of this to do what’s right, and by doing so, Zaccheus restored his life’s integrity!

I believe that Zaccheus’ action created a chain of positive impact for many people – it created a domino-effect.

Do you desire for this nation’s transformation? Start to do what is right! Even though we accidentally made a mistake, quickly admit it. Repent before God’s presence, and take action to fix our mistakes. Create a domino-effect of transformation towards a better future. #iLoveGod

Ps. Steven Agustinus