I’m not perfect, not even close. 🙂
I really like who I am, but I recognize that I have a lot of short-comings. Both in the way that I see things (my perception of the world and those in it), and also in the way that I put into practice those beliefs (my application).
When we are wrong in the way that we see things, we are ignorant. (ie: The map is not the territory) When we are wrong in the actions we take, we are in transgression.
Mistakes Are Only Feedback
I like to think of both as missing the mark. The first because we are looking at the wrong target, the second because we are careless or irresponsible in the way that we shoot the bow.
Both are falling short of perfection, but neither need be the end of the world. Instead of seeing our shortcomings as failures, we need to recognize them as feedback.
What Matters Most Is How We Deal With Mistakes
Once we realize that we have fallen short of the mark, we then get to make a choice on how to deal with it. The end result of our choice is always alignment, but the way we go about it has a huge impact on how well it works.
The Common Approach
Justification is about being right. It is the process of making our actions come into harmony with our mindset, by changing the way we see things. This is when we say, “I was justified in doing ABC because so-and-so did XYZ”, or, “anyone would have done the same thing if they were in my situation.”
The basic theme of this approach is that the fault or cause is external. Something outside of our control, so we responded (reacted) to it according to the way we saw it. Justification causes us to change the external to match our actions.
The Road Less Traveled
Sanctification is not about “being right”, but about making it right. This is when we are willing to see the situation through an objective mind and accept responsibility. We swallow our pride and say: “What I did was wrong, and I’m willing to own up to it, and make it right. I am going to change not only actions, but my mindset. I will honestly examine my mindset & my beliefs so that I won’t repeat this same pattern in the future.” Sanctification causes us to change our actions & perceptions to match what is right.
The Choice Is Ours
Justification is a never-ending cycle that gets us the same thing over and over again. Because we are continually selling out our integrity to cover up our mistakes, it’s like changing our course to follow a star that is moving in the horizon.
Sanctification, however, is a process of growth. It is asking “what in me is causing this to happen?”, followed by “How can I chance MYSELF so that this won’t happen again?” It forces us to be humble enough to accept responsibility for the entire situation, whether it is our fault or not. It might not be my fault, but it is my responsibility is the motto of the proactive person.
The world is filled with opportunities for your growth… will you take them?