Whenever we type, two keys on the keyboard we have become quite accustomed to are backspace and delete. These buttons allow us to remove text, particularly the things we don’t want to say, out of the message. Therefore when we press send on an email or print out the document, we have a mistake-free work. On a computer it’s relatively easy but editing our lives takes work. Constantly we make modifications to the way we look, talk, think, etc. some in an effort to “appear” perfect. This is a life with no typos, correct grammar, and things used in proper context.
“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2 (NKJV)
All the things we did, said, thought, frankly our mistakes, are a part of life. Though others present themselves as flawless, they aren’t. Christ was the only perfect one. Thus trying to live in perfection is unrealistic. It will manifest stress, which is fear, that’s not God. This critical thinking could lead to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. The lives we live, including our mistakes, are acceptable to God. We make a “big deal” about it, when God had factored them into our life plan. Mistakes humble us to rely on God. We are to learn the lessons of our mess ups. Don’t pretend they don’t exist. They make us who we are. Still God’s grace and mercy are our backspace and delete. We see our mistakes but God sees our progress.