cAfraid of failure? How amazing would life be if you had never failed before?
To get the answers to this question we'd need to look all the way back in time to where we blame most of our adult problems... childhood.
Within the first year of life you had already started your pattern of failure. Do you remember?
Think back to the first time you tried to walk. How did that go? Did you drop your bottle, jump up and race across the room? Not quite. Like everyone else in this world you moved your wobbly little leg out and took a tumble straight on your backside. Failure had begun.
It wasn't long after that when you tried to feed yourself. It was painful to go starving all day and the fact you had plenty of food sitting in front of you made it all the more excruciating. Just how do you hold that spoon, pick up food and guide it into your mouth all in one motion? Aghhh!! The complexity of feeding oneself!
Having finally mastered the eating thing it was time to ditch the diaper and learn to use a toilet like the big people. Impossible! You wanted the prizes and treats your parents promised if you could just use the potty but to no avail... Holding it until you reached the potty was a lesson in futility, a life skill you felt you could never master.
The list of failures goes on and on and on. Trying to ride a bike, shooting a basketball through a hoop, failing tests, getting turned down for a date and burning your first attempt on the stove. Would if we could erase all of your failures and remove all of those challenges and memories from your mind? What would life really look like? Well...since God made us to learn and grow through the process of trial and error things wouldn't be quite as amazing as you'd imagine.
Having never tried to crawl or walk you'd still be getting bed sores in your, now way to small, crib.. Those diapers you never tried to get out of would be much messier these days and waiting for someone to come and feed you would nearly drive you insane. Reading and writing, driving and dating would have never happened or any of the great experiences of your life.
A miserable life, lying on the floor in your own stink waiting for someone to feed you isn't a life many of us would want to live. So why do we fear failure when our life experience tells us that it has been the bridge to all of our successes? This is a tough question but there's no reason to waste any time finding the answer.
Since you know without any doubt that failure has been your bridge to success just get back to your roots. You never let it hold you back in the areas that got you to where you are so why let it hold you back from where you want to go? Failure isn't an outcome, it's a necessary step in the direction of your goals and dreams.
No doubt there are things God has put in your heart. Particular passions and ideas like music, dance, art, worship, prophecy, teaching, preaching, mentoring or some other passion that stirs in you. Don't let the fear of failure keep you from stepping out and learning how to excel in your passion. The people you admire for having great success didn't start out doing things as well as they do now. They had to learn and learning requires failure.
This weekend we'll be looking at what God's Word says about the gifts and talents He's given to each person, including you! What will you do with the gifts and talents God gave you? Are you willing to learn how to use them? Are you willing to look foolish, feel like a failure and get back up to try again? The amazing experiences God has planned for you are waiting just on the other side of the failures you'll overcome when you make the decision to pursue your destiny.