If You Mess Up, Fess Up!

Read: “Whoever tries to hide his sins will not succeed, but the one who confesses his sins and leaves them behind will find mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 (Voice)

Reflect: I sat on the couch one afternoon while my 8-year-old daughter played quietly upstairs. I should’ve realized that too much quiet is not a good thing!

I heard some commotion and called out to ask what was happening. She replied that “nothing” was going on. Things quieted down and a few minutes later she sauntered up and calmly asked, “Hey mom, where’s the nail polish remover?”

I answered and sat still for a few minutes until my something clicked in my brain and I flew up the stairs. Sure enough, my daughter was in her bathroom frantically trying to remove an entire bottle of spilled nail polish from the carpet. By this point, some of it had dried, and most of it had smeared into bigger streaks from her panicked and childish attempts at cleaning it.

While I was mad that she had broken the rule of “no nail polish upstairs,” I tried to explain that her biggest mistake was trying to hide the mess. If she would’ve told me right away, there were things we could have done to clean it up. Her attempts to hide the truth resulted in a bigger and longer lasting problem.

And so it goes in our lives. None of us are immune to making mistakes, but our response when things go wrong often determines the breadth of the consequences. Just like spilled nail polish, the quicker we ask for help, the easier things are to fix. The longer we wait, the longer the road to healing.

React: This week, instead of hiding your mistakes, ask for help from a trusted friend.

Pray: God, help us to trust in your eternal, unconditional love for us.