In our Sunday school class a few weeks back, the teacher wrote these words on the board that his wife had copied down for him from a devotional. I wish I could give credit to the one who wrote them, but that information is long gone! Still, I hope it encourages and blesses others as it did those of us in class that day. It is written as if God Himself were speaking to us as individuals.
"Don't be so hard on yourself. I can bring good even out of your mistakes. Your finite mind tends to look backward longing to undo decisions you have come to regret. This is a waste of time and energy, leading only to frustration. Instead of floundering in the past, release your mistakes to me. Look to me in trust anticipating that my infinite creativity can weave both good choices and bad into a lovely design. Because you are human, you will continue to make mistakes. Thinking you should be error free is symptomatic of pride. Your failures can be a source of blessing, humbling you and giving you empathy for other people in their weaknesses. Best of all, failure highlights your dependence on me. I am able to bring beauty out of the morass of your mistakes. Trust me and watch to see what I can do."
ETA: This excerpt is from Jesus Calling, a devotional book by Sarah Young. Thanks to my friend Charlane who gave me the information so we could give credit to whom it is due!