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I Messed Up! And I Think I’ll Do It Again This Week

Miles Davis on Mistakes

A few weeks ago, I made a bit of a dumb mistake in my role as Editor of Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. I took a risk and tried to do something creative and it didn’t land the way I’d intended. People noticed. I sent a note of apology to the team and wallowed in my feelings of failure a bit until I got this note from Pastor Rick…

Thanks Brandon. This is your mistake for this week. Now go make a different one next week! It’s how we learn!

Few words have been as immediately healing and empowering. And it makes sense in light of Rick’s main article this week on Pastors.com entitled Why You Should Make At Least One Mistake Each Week. Rick says,

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You Always Own Your Words: Choose Them Well

Once you spit something out, you can’t take it back. We see this principle demonstrated all the time in the media. A leader or celebrity says something insensitive and suddenly heads roll. Jesus said our words are an indicator of our heart, and the Proverbs tell us that you can’t recover words once you’ve thrown them out there. So choose wisely what you’re about to say.

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