Diana was my supervisor for my seminary internship in mentoring. The quote above was her answer when I asked her what I should do if a mentoree ignored Biblical advice.
We learn several ways--through instruction and advice, but also from bad choices. But the worst choice is not learning from our mistakes.
As humorist Will Rogers said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
So how can we learn from bad choices?
- Confess them: admit we were wrong (1 John 1:9).
- Accept blame: Don’t blame circumstances or other people (1 John 1:8). This is such a deadly trap.
- Repent: “turn away” from our sin and don't repeat it (Romans 6:12-14).