Friday: 17th May, 2019
Reference text: Acts 13:26-33
Acts 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their leaders did not know that he is the Savior, nor did they understand the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. Yet they made the prophets’ words come true by condemning Jesus.
Ignorance can lead to mistakes which can trigger large scale accidents. While most mistakes and accidents end up causing grave consequences and significant harm, others have led to very favourable outcomes. Discoveries like x-ray images, penicillin, the pacemaker and even potato chips; are attributed to ‘a mistake’ – which is defined ‘a wrong action attributed to ignorance, wrong judgement or inattention’
From the words of Paul, the ignorance of the Jews was a key reason for the condemnation of Jesus – the starting point for what we believe. Thus, even though it was a mistake on their part, the outcome was favourable. We might therefore be tempted to think then that our salvation was the result of a mistake, but do not get the wrong image because that was in God’s plan from the very start.
On the basis of accidental discoveries therefore, we could even dare make the bold claim that ‘mistakes are good’. Do not be deceived my dear, because most of the time, the price to pay for one can be rather hefty; even extreme. We cannot live to learn only from mistakes, neither should we wait to make breakthroughs purely by accident. We are where we are and have the ability to move beyond not by pure luck, but because there is potential within.
It is easy to take a laid back attitude and choose to learn only from mistakes, after all experience is the best teacher. That may be true, but I have news for you: do not spend all your days on earth as a student of mistakes or a master only of accidental discoveries because within you, is so much more.
Remember # it is expensive to learn only from mistakes