The Value of Mistakes.

December 6, 2011


What! You’ve made a mistake? How Dare You!

So, you’ve gone and done it again! It never fails, but you’ve put your foot in your mouth for the hundredth time… Maybe you’ve lost your temper… Or made a decision for selfish reasons instead of one which would benefit the good of another… Maybe you’ve told a lie… Or taken something that wasn’t yours to take… Perhaps you succomed to an old temptation… The bottom line is that you’ve made a mistake. So, here’s my question – will you try to hide from it, cover it up or make excuses? If your answer is yes, then…

I Pray You Get Caught!

Whether you’ve sinned or just made a mistake, and whether it was intentional or not, I pray you get caught and are held accountable. I even pray the same for myself, friends. And if you’re questioning my sanity by now, I’m OK with that too, because at least it means you’re still reading this :)

Every Mistake is an Opportunity!

Mistakes, correction and constructive criticism are good, as is exposure and the truth. While all these things may at times be painful, they are also OPPORTUNITIES for GROWTH and CHANGE! I believe God allows our weaknesses to be exposed, because it offers us an opportunity to change and become more like Jesus. Of course, that is our choice and we’ll either accept it as such or ignore it and continue on in our own flesh, repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

Do not be afraid, angry, ashamed or feel inadequate, because you’ve fouled up. Instead, I challenge you to feel empowered and excited for the opportunity to realize what parts of you God wants you to change so you can be more like Him.

Here’s another thought… if we’re not making mistakes, we’re not growing or learning anything new.

Pro 15:5  A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent.
Pro 10:17  He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.

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23 Comments on “The Value of Mistakes.”

  1. Brush Arbors Says:

    Jessie! you had me going for a moment; especially with the word’s ” I Pray You Get Caught!.. LOL… Well thank’s for the prayer… “Very good post” Manny Blessing’s… Bro .. Pat..


  2. booguloo Says:

    Great Thoughts and Instructions.


  3. BlueGem Says:

    This couldn’t have been said in a more effective way! Wow!!! This is awesome. You’ve hit bulls eye with this post Jess. I can’t wait to delve into the rest of your writings :)


  4. Debbie Says:

    It’s really humbling to get caught, and that is always a good thing, :) God bless you as He gives you more and more opportunities to praise Him today!


  5. Freedomborn Says:

    Hi again Jessie I had no doubts that you were not just pointing the finger but as Jesus showed us we don’t just excuse sin in others or ourselves as though it doesn’t matter but yes we continue to Love even our enemies and believe me without God’s empowering we can’t do it, the flesh wants revenge, but this is like us mixing up poison for them to drink and drinking it ourselves, bitterness and resentment eat us away like cancer. For a young woman you have much Godly insight.

    Many Blessings – Christian Love Anne.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      My sister, I agree :) I have been to churches that would shun you or not sit down to eat with you if you weren’t doing what they thought to be right. Then I’ve been to churches that literally looked the other way and never held anyone accountability for anything either. There is a balance and that’s why I’m so grateful we have Jesus as our example. Be blessed friend!


  6. granbee Says:

    Thank you so very much, Jessie, for these wise words. I still have trouble differentiating between a friend’s negative feedback on one of my BEHAVIORS and that same friend’s feelings about me as a PERSON. Thank you for providing some helpful instruction on how to properly, spiritually accept cricitism.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      I hear you friend. I have also struggled with being able to tell the difference between the two. Once I adopted this Godly perspective though, it also helped me not to take things so personally. We are to hate the sin or the act, but not the sinner. Jesus hated peoples sins, but still loved the people and He didn’t crush their spirits while teaching them the difference. Blessings to you and TY for sharing :)


  7. Jeanne Webster Says:

    Father, thanks for Jessie’s post. I needed that! Shalom


  8. Writing Sisters Says:

    When I was raising teenagers my friend taught me to pray that they would get caught if they did something wrong. Took me a minute to understand that and pray it. Their mistakes (like mine) can either become opportunities for growth or can be the beginning of harmful patterns of sin. Thanks for your post.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      How awesome it is to meet ‘like minded’ people! Well said ladies and thank you for making me laugh with the specific reference to teenagers, as my girl is 15 now :) In the same breath I also pray that as a parent, I have a Godly response once an action has been exposed ~ our reactions to their mistakes (or anyone else’s) can make or break that opportunity to help teach a valuable lesson. This is the tricky part!


  9. Freedomborn Says:

    Hi Jessie, there is indeed a difference from mistakes, weaknesses , shortcomings and Sins and yet as you shared they are often dealt with in the same way… denial or it doesn’t matter I’m forgiven, perhaps a study on 1 John 3:1-11 may cause them to rethink and there are many Scriptures that confirm this Scripture.

    Thank you Jessie I like how you express yourself well done, I also appreciate your focus. Thank you for visiting my Blog I look forward to coming and sharing with you again.

    Christian Love Anne.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      Thank you so much for your kind compliments Anne and I look forward to sharing more with you as well. Christ Love ❤

      I hope everyone knows when I write using the words “you” that I am first and always speaking about myself as well. “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” (Mat 7:3)


      • Freedomborn Says:

        Hi Jessie as my friend in the Lord I would like to offer you personally The King of Kings Friendship Award…It is your choice if you accept it, I know you clicked the like button as did a few others and I really appreciated your acceptance of my idea to uplift who we are in The Lord as the Body of Christ but I just wanted to make it more personal as I will do with the others who clicked like… we are one we are family.

        Blog Post –

        Your Friend – Christian Love Anne


        • Jessie Jeanine Says:

          I am so honored Anne ~ thank you! I graciously accept and think it’s yet another wonderful way to support one another. It will be a pleasure to pass it along :) I love your heart and appreciate your kindness so much. Thank you for being a woman of God. ❤


          • Freedomborn Says:

            Thank you Jessie you are indeed a dear friend and I’m gratful that you Lovingly accepted my thankfulness in being part of God’s wonderful family, I Love you in The Lord and look forward to sharing in heart to heart worship to Him as we share with each other and others in the Body of Christ.

            Christian Love Anne.



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