Part of my YouVersion parenting devotional today struck chord: “Sometimes God’s best discipline is giving us what we ask for.

Funny how that sounds. Its true. Many of us learn from our mistakes, especially painful, costly, long-term effect mistakes.

I should know.

I wanted a very popular smartphone so much for three years. It was expensive when it came out and is still expensive today. People will willingly go broke for phones like these. Ahh, it reminds of what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1, “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world…”

When I got the chance to acquire such a phone, i jumped on the “opprtunity” and i’ve looked back a few times already with the heartache that came with the phone. Yes, i enjoy the phone. I still have it! But it came with troubles. It was a mistake or rather, the time to get it was a mistake.

Sometimes God’s best discipline is giving us what we ask for.

Chalk that one to experience and learn from it right? Yeah, i think that’s all you can do now. My heart aches, ohh.”

Oh, did i say i was already 43-years-old. Sometimes its not the age that will tell you if a person has wisdom. Nah, we all make mistakes as much as our teenaged kids. The difference is how we learn from it.

David made a mistake with Bathsheba, Abraham with Sarai, Jacob with his brother Esau, Judas and Peter with Jesus. Except for Judas, all the rest where redeemed by God. He used those mistakes to make better people out of them. They went on to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

The moral of the story? We all mistakes and we need to learn from them. That is the only way where all the heartache associated with the mistakes will make it worth your time. And yes, I know God will  fulfil His purposes for me…even with my mistakes.