But mistakes shouldn’t define our futures. We should never allow them that power. – The Starlet Spy, Rachel Scott McDaniel
The truth of these words is one we need to internalize. How many times have we made mistakes and given them the power to harness our future?
Okay, to be clear, I’m not suggesting that our mistakes shouldn’t teach temperance. They should. They are an opportunity for us to pause and re-evaluate.
Did we run ahead of ourselves? Of God? Did we do something that was outside of His perfect will for us?
Did we rush into something blindly, without taking stock of our resources? Did we skip a crucial lesson?
These are things to consider when we make a mistake. Sadly, sometimes that’s not what happens.
Instead, we dwell on the mistake. We examine it, searching not for nuggets we can learn, but for things we can use to criticize ourselves.
We pull out everything we can use as an excuse not to move forward. Not to try again. We treat our mistake as if it is a badge of honor—reliving it over and over again, giving it the power to cripple us from making progress.
The thing about that is the power we give our mistakes gets stronger with time. It does not remain contained in one area of our life.
Soon, our unwillingness to move past the mistake poisons every area of our life—our health, relationships, and spiritual growth are impacted.
Sometimes, our mistakes prevent us from stepping into the calling God has placed on our lives.
Take a second to evaluate how you’re living.
Are you acting boldly in the purpose God has created for you? Or have you locked yourself away, cowering in the shadows of a mistake that should have been a lesson?
My friend, let us declare right now that we won’t allow a mistake to dictate the direction of our lives anymore. Let us step into the future and our purpose, knowing God created us for marvelous things we can accomplish in His strength.
About The Starlet Spy
Hollywood Star Turns Spy
In 1943, movie producer Henrik Zoltan approaches Amelie Blake under the guise of offering the Hollywood star a leading part in his upcoming film, but he has a more meaningful role in mind. Amelie’s homeland of Sweden declared neutrality in the war, but Stockholm has become the “Casablanca of the North.” When top-secret atomic research goes missing in Sweden, the Allied forces scramble to recover the files before they fall into Nazi hands.
The United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) needs someone who’s subtle enough to spy on the Swedish elite without triggering suspicion. Who better than the “all beauty, no brains” Scandinavian starlet? Fluent in three languages and possessing a brilliant memory, Amelie loathes being labeled witless but uses the misconception as her disguise. She’s tasked with searching for the crucial files, but Finn Ristaffason keeps getting in her way. Is the charming shipping magnate after the missing research? Or does he have other reasons for showing up at her every turn?
With the Gestapo on her heels, Amelie must rely on her smarts in addition to her acting skills to survive a world of deadly spies and counterspies.