When it comes to making mistakes, it seems that there are two opposite reactions people have. The first reaction is to immediately push the blame away from themselves and onto another person or excuse. The second, and this is a camp I usually fall under, is to internalize the mistake so much that efforts to fix the error are ignored.
Today I arrived at work to find that I had made an error in a caption I wrote for the last issue of the paper. I must admit, it was a sloppy error and one that should not have occurred. If I had taken my time and paid attention more closely, the error could have been avoided.
I am bringing this up because the mistake fits in well with one of the messages I think of with the Gospel story of Jesus entering the room where his disciples were staying, even though the door was closed, to show the doubting Thomas his wounds after his Resurrection. (This story was from the Gospel reading yesterday.) Thomas’ need to feel the wounds shows his human weakness. Yet, Jesus shows him the wounds and tells him “do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
I like to think Jesus wanted to make sure that Thomas was able to move forward so he could continue his work as a disciple.
Are there any stories—Gospel or otherwise—that help you move forward when you make a mistake?