Ninety-nine percent (99%) of failures come from people who make excuses. (George Washington Carver, 20th century American scientist)

When confronted with a failed project, most people are likely, as Carver says, to make excuses. Comedian Flip Wilson used to say, “The devil made me do it.” Why is it so hard to admit that we’ve made a mistake or failed to fulfill our assignment? The first step to overcoming our errors is just to admit them. Then, we can begin to start over with good intentions and confidence.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23)