Is it Okay to Make Mistakes?Posted by Vic on Jan 22, 2011 in Personal Development, Self Improvement, Self-Help | 3 comments
Is it okay to make mistakes? Is it ok to not be afraid to commit a mistake? Beliefs, sayings, quotes and principles in life, when we adopt and value them, can cause a great influence in our lives. They can be the main root of our success, as well our tragedies. That is why we should be prudent in implementing any of these powerful words. The phrase “do not be afraid to make mistakes” has become a very popular notion anywhere from classrooms, to public speaking, and even in famous movies. Thus, many people, especially the teenagers and the young ones, have embraced the idea to become fearless in their journey to life. So is it really okay to make blunders?
The great risk
Risks and dangers cause us to falter in our steps. But as commonly known, bigger risks mean bigger rewards. But how can we really measure the degree of risks we are facing? We can measure the degree of risks we face by measuring the things we give up. If you give up your expensive car, then it’s a big risk. If you relinquish your job that gives you a good living, then that’s a bigger risk. Furthermore, if you give up your eternal salvation, then it’s the biggest risk.
Now, do we really need to put ourselves in great danger to achieve great rewards? YES in terms of material things, but NO in the spiritual sense. If you lose your money, you will still find or replace it. But if you lose your life and soul, they may be gone forever. Thus, the greater the material risk you’ll take, the greater the reward (both material and spiritual) you’ll gain. On the other hand, the greater the spiritual risk you’ll take, the greater the spiritual damage you’ll bring upon yourself – and there’s no spiritual reward on it. Though, you may gain greater material rewards, they will only be temporary. As you will see, there is an inverse relationship between the material and spiritual things. There is also an opposite relationship between material failures and spiritual failures.
Just like the saying “to make mistakes is ok”, any broad principles can be dangerous because they may lead to wrongful detailed applications. These false applications can cause permanent losses that may never be recovered and found again. Thus, we need to be specific. We should specify this general concept to make it clear and secure. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss what kind of mistakes is ok and what’s not.
Mistakes that are okay
These are the mistakes that you can afford to lose, without putting your spiritual and permanent things in jeopardy. The following are some of the examples of possible blunders and errors you may commit to gain greater rewards in life.
- Losing money in helping people
- Losing time in serving and making people happy
- Losing fame in preserving humility
- Losing power in promoting lasting peace
- Losing chance to travel great distances to take care of people who are close to your heart
- Losing tasty foods, alcohols and cigarettes to maintain long-term health
- Losing several women to maintain your loyalty, trustworthy and love to your wife or partner
- Losing several men to maintain the same above with your husband or partner.
- Losing current convenience in exchange of truth and honesty
- Losing job in exchange for integrity
- Losing tears to soften heart and lose pride
- Losing silence to end misunderstandings
- Losing material desires to gain contentment
- and losing many other earthly things we could lose without endangering our inner self.
Mistakes that aren’t okay
Those things above are material things that don’t last forever, such as money, time and distance. Now, the following are the mistakes you must not try to commit, for their damages may become permanent and forever.
- Losing patience, for it may cause you long-term failures in life, such as loss of success and relationship
- Losing the truth, for it causes your heart to be blind
- Losing joy and contentment, for it will take away your real happiness
- Losing your inner self, for you may never experience true life
- Losing the chance to show your love, for people may never see your love again
- Losing the chance to take care people, for people’s lives on Earth are short
- Losing integrity, for you may be imprisoned by your conscience for life
- Losing trustworthy, for you may never build it again
- Losing self-control, for it may instantly destroy your entire self without any warnings
- Losing true faith in God, for it may cause you eternal death
- and losing all the heavenly things, for if you won’t have them while on Earth, you may never inherent the kingdom of Heaven.
The simple conclusion is that it’s okay to make material mistakes, but not okay to make spiritual mistakes. It’s also okay to be afraid of making material errors, but not okay to become fearless of making spiritual blunders. Take note that not all fears are wrong. Fear, itself, is a neutral thing. It is the person who possesses fear and the thing he fears that makes fear distinct. Finally, remember that wisdom, which is the ability to discern righteousness from wickedness, begins in the fear of the Lord.
Before I end this post, I give you the following verses from the Holy Scriptures for your reflection.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. -Proverb 9:10 (NIV)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
Thank you for your precious time and outstanding patience in reading this article. I hope this writing has made you a better, more powerful and purer person.
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