Our Mistakes Do Not Define Us

Years ago, I was in an office conversation with co-workers laughing over the fact that no matter how many times we proof a document, it seems a typo or error will be found just after the e-mail has been sent or 1,000 copies have been printed.

“I always wonder what mistake I’ll be remembered for,” someone remarked. Light-heartedly, I said, “We are not defined by our mistakes.”

But, as I walked away I kept thinking about it. Isn’t that something we all need to be reminded of?

Our mistakes do not define us.

Yes, some mistakes are big and are remembered for quite a while.

But they do not define us.

Define means to describe, detail, or to state the meaning of. (dictionary.com)

We can describe our mistakes, but our mistakes do not describe us. {Tweet this}

The enemy will try to tell us otherwise. He will tell us that our mistakes are who we are.

You can’t do that; you’ll mess it up, you always do. You’ll never get it right. You’re such a mess.

Remember what you did last week? That’s who you are. That’s what everyone thinks of you.

But God trumps the enemy every time, and He says we are not defined by our mistakes.

God does not describe us by our failures…or our successes—and that’s freeing because God’s love is not dependent on what we do, or fail to do. We are loved by God, not because we are perfect, but because we are His.

He knows we will make mistakes. And from those mistakes comes growth. Our successes and failures may help shape us, but they are not our identity.

We are who God says we are. And God identifies us as His own—Chosen. Forgiven. Loved. Redeemed. {Tweet this}

I may make a real whopper of a mistake, one that takes some fixing and apologizing for. But it’s not who I am. And when my co-worker makes a mistake, it’s not who she is.

Remembering this reminds me of grace. The grace God gives. The grace I ask for from others. And the grace I want to extend to those around me.

Our mistakes do not define us. God defines us—as His own loved and cherished children.

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”

Wishing you a safe and happy summer! I will be on a blogging break for the next few months.

In Christ,

[Photo Credit: Unsplash.com / This post was rewritten from a one I originally wrote for 5 Minutes for Faith.]


  1. Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing with us.This is so useful.

  2. Have a GREAT summer Laura!!! I'm so glad our mistakes don't define us! Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements. See you in the fall.

  3. What great news that our mistakes don't define us! :-)

  4. Isn't it a relief that we are defined by God's love & Jesus' sacrifice for us! How amazing is that grace!
    Bless you Laura,

  5. So thankful for the truth that our mistakes do not define us.

  6. Love this, Laura! God does not describe us by our failures or our successes. Amen! That is freedom! Blessings!!

  7. Love this, we are not the mistakes we made, we are who God says we are! Great post

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