Bob Gass, the writer of "The Word for Today", wrote, "Life is too short to become the prisoner of your mistakes". People who allow their mistakes to leave a lingering bitter taste in their mouth are likely to drive themselves to misery. They keep recycling the regrets of their mistakes. To top it off, they get themselves wrapped up with negative thoughts, which deflate their potential to move on in life. It's worthy of mention that your mistakes aren't enough justification to jail yourself. Your default mechanism allows your mistakes to give you a red face and a heavy heart. However, you can break free from the heavy guilt you have laid on yourself and wipe the slate clean for a new beginning.
The mistakes you made yesterday might make you sadder but wiser. It helps you not to duplicate or repeat history. However, when you make new mistake which has no bearing with a prior mistake, it only goes to show that you are a work in progress. Hence, you shouldn't allow your mistakes to make you bitter because it is capable of making you better. The prodigal son in Luke 15 was sadder when he came to his senses but became wiser. He was able to trace his steps and began to live up to his father's expectations for his life.
Finally, allowing your mistakes to keep you on the sidelines won't help you to fulfil God's purpose for your life. Falling at the first hurdle shouldn't be taken as a license to lock up your potential. Don't make a wrong assumption that you don't measure up to the task. The mistake you make isn't the end of the road but might be a speed bump, to help you slow up and chart the right course to success. When your mistakes make you to slow up, it actually comes with the prospect of helping you to funnel your effort in the right direction. And with the right navigation, you wouldn't have to go round in circles. Today, sidestep every thought that spawns a desire to hole up in frustration and begin to pursue God's plan for your life, with an assurance that you would certainly reach your goal in Jesus name.