When you are wrong, how do you handle it? If you are like most people, your first instinct is to cover up or deny your mistake.
If that seems like a silly question, then examining your beliefs about errors might set you free. You know that everyone makes mistakes, right? But you aren’t allowed to be like everyone else? You are only valuable and lovable and worthy when you are perfect?
Christ covered our sins, errors are inevitable, and there’s the little matter of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This simple verse assumes that you do not hate yourself. God made us in his image, and we are to love ourselves. We do not have to achieve perfection or work, work, work to be worthy. God doesn’t expect us to be “worthy,” and those who love us (REALLY love us) don’t expect worthiness either.
The next time you make a mistake, admit it. If it’s a simple error, embrace it. If you’ve sinned, ask for forgiveness.
This is a powerful thing for us to model to our children.