Responding Well to Errors

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Business pages headline business mistakes. But just as noteworthy is how people recover from them.

Pearl S. Buck once wrote, “Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.”

To err is common. To respond well sets us apart. Do we face our bad judgment and find a remedy? Or do we try to make sure no one finds out? The irony is that to unmask a bad decision and forgive even ourselves strengthens trust among those around us. Then others are less likely to hide their own errors.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. The courageous person takes the hit and finds a remedy. Don't make the mistake of running from errors—in the high calling of our daily work.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

(Ps. 103:8-12)