Imagine you're about to take an extremely hard test. You've poured your soul into studying for the test, and you go into class ready to ace that bad boy. The test begins, and to your dismay, your teacher insists on standing over your shoulder to watch every answer you mark. All of a sudden, you mark a wrong answer. You hear your teacher say "oops" (with a hint of vindictive pleasure) in your ear. Panicking, you find yourself wanting to go back and correct your mistake, but he won't let you. You're forced to keep going with the knowledge ringing in your ears that you screwed up. This only makes you more nervous, and your brain decides to focus on the mistakes you've already made instead of the tasks ahead. As a result, your thoughts become more and more muddled and the mistakes keep piling up. Every single mistake you make there's another audible "oops" or the sound of your teacher scribbling on his clipboard, tallying up every question you've missed.
Sounds terrible, right?
It was. That's what I have to do in my keyboard skills class. Talk about a panic attack. I totally let my
terrifying teacher get inside my head and even though I was SO prepared, I pretty much tanked it on my stupid test. So, new goal for the next test: don't let him get inside my head. It was all nerves that affected me today, and I REFUSE to let that happen again. I REFUSE to fail this class. I REFUSE to let that discouraging voice that calls me out on all my mistakes convince me that I can't do it. I'LL SHOW HIM I CAN ACE THAT CLASS! JUST WATCH ME!
Now here's the part where I wax all philosophical and talk about how this is much like life. Life is one giant test. And Satan tries to get inside our heads and call us out on every little mistake, urging us to focus on them so we can't progress. Isn't that just awful? He knows exactly how to bring us down and convince us there's no hope. He delights in our sorrows. He wants us to be just as unhappy as he is.
But, we can't let him do that! We can't let him or anyone else get inside our heads and tell us we're not good enough. We can't let dwelling on past mistakes affect how we perform in the future. We can't let those things bog us down so we forget the tasks we have ahead.
We have a father in heaven that loves us, and He wants us to succeed more than anything else. We just need to do our part, and He'll help us through whatever challenges we face. I know that for a fact. If we fall into Satan's traps and allow ourselves to think we're finished, that there's no hope left for us, who's winning? Not us. We need to get back up, brush ourselves off, and go forward with faith into the next task ahead. Satan wants us to believe that mistakes we make will be on our record forever. But I know that through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can erase those mistakes. When we fall, our Savior and Redeemer is there to help us get back up. He gives us the comforting knowledge that those mistakes don't matter anymore, and that we can be completely cleansed. What an overwhelming, incredible blessing!!
"The Atonement of Jesus Christ can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you."
Don't let Satan, or anyone else (including yourself!!!), "dig up your old garbage" or whisper "oops" in your ear. Regardless of the mistake - whether big or small - you can always get back up.