by Dr. Gary Fisher
Director, Church & Faith Relations
Baptist Health System
Mistakes – we all make them. When things don’t go as you had planned, don’t let it get you down. Learn from your mistakes and perhaps you will be blessed with a greater success afterwards. Take the case of Bette Graham.
Bette Graham hoped to be an artist, but circumstances led her into secretarial work. Bette, however, was not an accurate typist. Fortunately, she recalled that artists could correct their mistakes by painting over them with gesso, so she invented a quick drying "paint" to cover her typing mistakes. Bette first prepared the secret formula in her kitchen using a hand mixer, and her young son helped to pour the mixture into little bottles. In 1980, the Liquid Paper Corporation, which Bette Graham built, was sold for more than $47 million. From the time her product hit the market until now, can you imagine the number of mistakes that have been covered up by her invention?
Unfortunately Liquid Paper doesn’t cover up all our mistakes. But in God’s grace there is something even better. The scripture tells us “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) Our great God even has the ability to take our mistakes and turn them into blessings. Who among us cannot recall that wonderful promise that says, “We know that all things work together for good to them who love God and are called according to his Spirit.” (Romans 8:28)
Don’t let your mistakes or sins defeat your happiness or productivity. Apply God’s miracle solution and cover over the multitude of mistakes in your life.