20 Mistakes I’ve Made as a Christian

Growing up, I always thought I was the only one who struggled with my faith. People at church would never talk about their struggles and I always felt like the worst Christian. I questioned my faith, the Bible, and the church. I felt alone in my struggle and I don’t want other people to feel the same. I’m not perfect (yet) and I have many struggles. I want to share my struggles so other Christians don’t feel alone. In this post, I will share 20 mistakes I’ve made as a Christian.

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20 mistakes I’ve made as a Christian

1. Depending on myself and not God

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made as a Christian is depending on myself instead of depending on God. There are a lot of times when I want to do something and I’ll just do it on my own.

When I do it on my own and then I get frustrated because it’s not working. What I should do instead is take a minute, pray about it, ask the Lord to help me, to give me the strength, the words, the direction, and then the entire process would be a lot easier.

2. Not praying for direction

One mistake I continually make is not praying for direction. I like to pray about the big things in life. For example: Do you want us to move across the country, should I apply for this job and so on.

But for everyday things, I am not great about praying for those things. For example: is there something you want me to visit today, visit today, what do you want me to write about on my blog, and so on.

I don’t usually pray about those smaller things and it’s something I want to get better at.

There is a wide range of things we can do in the world without us having to check in every 3 seconds and say ” are you okay if I do this”.

Our relationship with God is a lot like a parent-child relationship. When my kids come home from school and they tell me about their day, I want to know as much as possible.

I think the Lord is the same that way. We have a lot of freedom in our relationship with the Lord. There are many things that are glorifying to him that if we do without praying about it I think could still honour him.

It all comes back to that relational peace. He wants to be beside us and to go ahead of us so the way can be easier. an

That’s just one thing I am trying to be better at. I want to pray about those things and see how the Lord can just guide me in my everyday moments.

3. Getting caught up in the commercial meaning of Christmas

I often get caught up in the commercial meaning of Christmas instead of focussing on Jesus.

As a child, I would much rather open gifts than read the Bible and talk about the story of Christ. But, I’ve been guilty of this as a parent.

When we first started having children, I really wanted to give my kids everything we could. I would spend so much time (and money) looking for gifts, wrapping them, and putting them under the tree. I just really found it exhausting.

After having a couple of exhausting Christmases I really wanted to change something. That’s when I started giving my kids three gifts.

When Jesus was born the wise men came to visit him and gave him three gifts. Those gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Each one represents something.

  • Gold: something they want
  • Frankincense: something for their body (clothes)
  • Myrrh; something for their soul- something to nurture their spirit

When I go shopping for the kids, I have a really great guideline and so I don’t just fill the car up with everything and anything. I have to be a lot more deliberate. Since I can get them one thing they want, I have to listen to my kids more.

Before I would get them five things or 10 things and one of them would land. But now, I have to get one thing I know they will love and use. This mindset makes me a better shopper.

One of the other reasons I love the 3 gift rule is I know I’m getting something to help my kids grow spiritually. For this category, we usually get our kids a Bible or a devotional. Our kids love music and expressing themselves through ART. So we get them music or art supplies.

As soon as I changed my mindset from focusing on making Christmas day magical to focusing on Christ- Christmas became much more enjoyable.

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