When the prophet Jeremiah observed the potter molding and fixing clay, he noticed something interesting. “Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot” (Jeremiah 18:4, The Message).
God is not interested in tossing out the you that you were before; he wants to start with that and make something special.
I see this mistake a lot. We ask God to discard our past as though it never happened. The fact is that this sells God short. He will use you because of your past, not despite your past.
Recovery Step: Give your clay to God. Its condition matters not, so long as you place it in the right set of hands.