I’ve been thinking a ton about failure lately and what that looks like and means. What I’ve come to realize is that the problem with failure is that we miss the beauty in trying. We often criticize ourselves for failing but we should be praising our ability to be brave enough to try. As a parent I am always telling my children just to “Try your best” because that’s all we can ask for, but as an adult I tell myself trying isn’t enough. There’s a huge disconnect from what we teach our kids versus what we say to ourselves. I am 110% guilty of this. When it comes to failure I need to practice what I preach. Failure comes in all shapes and sizes. From not being able to get that Pinterest craft to turn out just right to not being able to conquer that self doubt. I’m starting to learn that failure is one of the ways the Lord refines my spirit. The Lord shows me his grace when he’s picking me back up. I got some advice a few weeks ago, “Do it afraid”. Whatever the Lord may be calling you to do or say may be scary but DO IT AFRAID. Trying requires boldness and a sense of fearlessness. Trying my best means giving it my all regardless of what the outcome will be. I need to become comfortable with the effort despite the ending. God tells us in Isaiah 41: 10, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” While God tells us not to be afraid he also tells us he is with is. For me I understand I shouldn’t be afraid but I know that they are things in life that I will be afraid to do or say but God says, “I AM WITH YOU”. The next time you are worried about failure, remember to be bold and beautiful in the trying and DO IT AFRAID because the Lord your God is right there along with you.
in grace and love