… without falling apart!
Words of Grace
Ouch! We watched the Superbowl. We have lived in Colorado for a long time and have been Broncos fans through thick and thin. Whatever happened in that game was hard to take. As the young people say, “Epic fail!”
A few years ago I learned one of the most important lessons of my life: Failure is part of the game. We all fail. Sometimes regularly. Sometimes often. Failure is just a normal part of the human experience. Failure is proof that we need a Savior.
But… but… I still hate it. Of course! No one likes failure. It hurts. It seems to negate all the work we have done. It sets my progress back. It can be humiliating (like the Superbowl!)
Focusing on failure is focusing on myself and my limitations. My fear of failure and hatred of it actually comes from my flesh. When my weaknesses or errors are exposed, especially publicly, my flesh feels vulnerable. I have to admit that I can’t do everything well. In fact, the more I fail, the more I reveal my inadequacy and incompetence. The more I reveal those things, the more I reveal my need—and I don’t like to reveal my need.
But the truth is that I am a person with needs, lots of them. I do make inaccurate assessments and foolish decisions. I don’t have the strength or wisdom I need to succeed in life the way I want. And I certainly don’t have the ability to succeed spiritually without the Lord.
No matter how hard you try; no matter how good you are; no matter how dedicated you are—you still need a Savior. That’s the truth. You will choose poorly. You will act foolishly. You will never measure up on your own. You need what Jesus came to give you.
And your failures are the proof of that.
So, the next time you fail: don’t get angry; don’t blame others; don’t beat yourself up; and don’t give up. Instead, use the failure as an opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for His love and His kindness. You see, once again, that you can’t do it alone.
And, praise God, you don’t have to!
I can fail.
Failure is normal.
Failure is not evil nor unusual.
Failure reminds me of the truth.
Jesus is my strength and hope.
He never fails.