But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
— 2 Corinthians 12:9
Bette Nesmith had a good secretarial job in a bank when she ran across a problem that interested her. She needed a better way to correct the errors she made on her electric typewriter. Bette had some art experience, and she knew that artists who worked in oils just painted over their errors. So she concocted a fluid to paint over her typing errors.
Before long, all the secretaries in her building were using what she then called “Mistake Out.” Bette attempted to sell the product idea to marketing agencies and various companies (including IBM), but they turned her down. However, secretaries continued to like her product, so Bette’s kitchen became her first manufacturing facility and she started selling it on her own.
When she sold her enterprise, the tiny white bottles were earning $3.5 million annually on sales of $38 million. The buyer of the product later dubbed “Liquid Paper” was Gillette Company and the sale price was $47.5 million.
Bette Nesmith found great reward in acknowledging she needed help with her mistakes. Liquid Paper would have never taken off if she had been perfect. In much the same way, it’s in our own weaknesses that Jesus Christ is glorified… when we rely fully on Him to cover our sins. So trust completely in His cleansing power and honor Him even in your shortcomings!
Thank God for covering your mistakes through Christ. Pray that Jesus would be glorified in your weaknesses as you rely on Him for forgiveness.