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New Life Daily Devotion - August 15, 2011

  • 2011 Aug 15


The Lessons of Tough Times
If you hide your sins, you will not succeed.
If you confess and reject them, you will receive mercy.
Proverbs 28:13 NCV

Have you experienced a recent setback? If so, look for the lesson that God is trying to teach you. Instead of complaining about life’s sad state of affairs, learn what needs to be learned, change what needs to be changed, and move on. View failure as an opportunity to reassess God’s will for your life. And while you’re at it, consider life’s inevitable disappointments to be powerful opportunities to learn more—more about yourself, more about your circumstances, and more about your world.

Life can be difficult at times. And everybody (including you) makes mistakes. Your job is to make them only once. And how can you do that? By learning the lessons of tough times sooner rather than later, that’s how.

Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion. - Francis Bacon

Mistakes offer the possibility for redemption and a new start in God’s kingdom. No matter what you’re guilty of, God can restore your innocence. - Barbara Johnson

We become a failure when we allow mistakes to take away our ability to learn, give, grow, and try again. - Susan Lenzkes

Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change; and when we are right, make us easy to live with. - Peter Marshall

Today’s Prayer
Lord, I know that I am imperfect and that I fail You in many ways. Thank You for Your forgiveness and for Your unconditional love. Show me the error of my ways, Lord, that I might confess my wrongdoing and correct my mistakes. And, let me grow each day in wisdom, in faith, and in my love for You. Amen