Learning, Growing

Several years ago in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a man walked into a Burger King restaurant early one morning and pulled a gun on the clerk. He demanded the cash register be emptied. I was at a safe distance but was ever so transfixed by the awesome design on the gun, and almost started towards the man.

But the clerk replied that he couldn’t open it without a food order punched into the computer first. The man ordered onion rings.

But the clerk said they didn’t serve them until 10:30 AM.

The would-be robber turned round and walked out.

In Lake City, Florida, a woman tried to rob a local motel armed with chainsaw—but she was brandishing an electric one that wasn’t plugged in.


Stupidity abounds in our world today— and not just among criminals. In fact, many of us would have to admit at one time or another we’ve made decisions that, looking back, weren’t the wisest.

But the key to moving past those bad choices isn’t to pretend they didn’t happen; it’s to learn from them. Every bad decision we make is an opportunity to learn going forward.

Maybe it’s in how we’ve dealt with others, or perhaps it was a bad financial decision. Whatever it is, never stop learning from your mistakes. Accept you’re going to mess up now and then, and move forward in the wisdom you’ve gained from it.

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”

— Proverbs 24:16

“Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.”

— Proverbs 4:7

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

— James 1:5

Prayer: Ask God to help you learn from past mistakes and move forward with wisdom and discernment for the future.

Seek Wisdom

Wisdom in the Word

[adapted from https://www.seniorlivingministries.org]



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