Today I gave myself permission to fail.
But here’s my guilty secret: I’m a sinner. I fall short. I let people down and drop the ball and hurt the ones I love . . . and think thoughts I’m glad only God can see. Those aren’t just pious words I say to sound humble. They are self-truths I utter through tears because that’s who I am.
Have I brought you down? How ’bout some good news? My top 3 reasons why I believe experiencing and acknowledging failure can lead to success in the Christian life.
ONE: Failure empties me of pride. Mostly I don’t have much experience with “BIG” sins. I hold a down job, attend church, give to charity, don’t cut other drivers off on my 45-minute drive to teach at a small Christian school. (See how I wrote that to make myself sound good?) It’s easy to think pretty well of myself. But that self-righteousness hardens my heart.
TWO: Failure fills me with compassion. In the past, I’ve watched Christians I had admired fail at important tests in life. I judged them harshly. I wondered how they could have made that bad choice or fallen into that temptation. Though they sought forgiveness and restoration, what they had done lingered in the back of my mind.
But now that I’ve been striving to live the Christian life for thirty-five years, I realize why LIFE is included in the Romans 8** list of troublesome things that will never separate us from God. Life has a way of grinding away at us, doesn’t it?
I’ve fallen too many times to count. And not in private. In front of my friends. In front of my family. And even in front of my students.
Now I understand the strength it took for those folks to start again. I thank God that He allowed me to see that mature, real, growing, ministering Christians can survive failure. Because that gives me hope for me.
THREE: Failure renews my appreciation for God. God loves me no matter how many times I fail. He loves me in spite of what He sees in me. He just . . . loves me. Incredible, right? And I would not have been convinced of this had I not experienced His tender mercy and forgiveness right after a miserable failure.
I’m so glad God is my perfect Heavenly Father. He never wavers, never falters, never weakens, never falls short, never disappoints. He’s never not enough.
He never fails me. He never fails you. Oh, let that truth bring us to our knees and ignite the fire of thankfulness in our hearts. Amen.
This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Your Thriving Family, Spiritual Sundays, Soli Deo Gloria, Sharing His Beauty, Playdates with God, Seedlings in Stone, Just Write, Gratituesday, Teach Me Tuesday, Good Morning Girls, and Hearts 4 Home.
**Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor LIFE, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”