Failures make better stories.
~ John Saddington
I remember vividly one summer in Girl Scout Camp. Everyone was rock-climbing up a mountain that seemed to me to be taller than Mount Everest. Scary is an understatement. I sat on the sidelines, refusing to attempt the climb. By not trying, I was assured of not failing.
But I was also assured of not succeeding, either.
Are you afraid to fail? I know that at times, I am.
When I was younger, I sometimes avoided activities that might lead to my failure. After all, why do something deliberately that might not go well?
I lived in fear (not the “oohhh…scared of the dark” kind of fear, but the “I don’t want to be bold” kind of fear). I can recall exactly when I started being bolder. When I started trying new things. When I started pursuing my passion aggressively instead of waiting for my passion to pursue me.
It was when I humbly admitted that I could do nothing on my own but everything through Christ, who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
It was when I learned that I can’t to be wise myself. Instead, I merely need to ask God for wisdom and, despite my faults, He will give it to me when I ask faithfully for it (James 1:5).
It was when Jesus shared how much easier it was to enter through the wide gate and broad road, but how much more fulfilling it would be to enter through the small gate on the narrow road. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Sure, I still am afraid to fail from time to time. Of course I am. But I am bolder for Him now. He is holding my hand. He is protecting me. I can press into Him and rely on Him like I can rely on no other.
And when I fail, the failure makes a better story for Him, as He makes all things work together for His good. (Romans 8:28)
A goodbye note from me to you:
There is a time for everything, so says Ecclesiastes 3. I have so enjoyed my season of planting here at Fancy Little Things. While it is now a season for me to uproot and say goodbye as I spend more time at She Shares Ministries, I thank you for being loyal readers and encouraging me through your comments and emails. I pray that God has encouraged you through the words on the screen. I would love to keep visiting with you over at She Shares, and will see you as a future guest poster here at Fancy Little Things.
Love you. Rejoicing with you. Always.
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