Read: Jeremiah 8:4, 1 John 4:4, Psalm 44:1-8, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, John 8:36
“Every day feels like a failure.”
Her words are honest, penetrating my soul. My friend, a girl who loves hard and deep, was confessing how she feels at the end of each day and I wanted nothing more than to shake her, telling her that this was crazy talk. How in the world could she feel like a failure? She was strong, smart, stable. Married with kids, she had love in such a big and happy way. And to top things off, she rocked at her job, even on the hard days. But even so, she never felt like she lived up to her own expectations.
For almost a month, we’ve been seeking God’s help and guidance for 2016. I’m sure some of you have never felt closer to God while others feel like a failure because you haven’t been able to keep up. Failure discourages our hearts and we lose confidence in ourselves. Today, I want us to change our attitude about failing. Instead of seeing it as defeat, let’s view failure as the attitude of champions.
So what if you fail?
Fail in the grandest of ways because at least then you can say you tried. Failure is not the opposite of success. No, every success in life is earned by perseverance and picking ourselves back up after we’ve experienced defeat. Every person living their life on purpose has failed in life. It’s what you do with your failures that matter the most.
There are always going to be moments in life where we are trying so hard to do the right thing but we still never quite feel like we measure up. When we dwell in the pit of “not good enough” we miss learning one of the most valuable lessons that Scripture teaches us: there is freedom in failure. Even when we feel not good enough, we can rest in knowing that Jesus is.
While freedom often comes after we’ve hit rock bottom, there is such liberty in knowing that the only way to go is up. We can climb out of the pit and survive failure, stronger and more determined to fight for what we believe in.
Because God is a God of love, he equips us with his Spirit and he gave us his Son so that “we may live free indeed” (John 8:36). His power gives us strength to tackle our days because the Spirit that lives inside of us is greater than the spirit of this world (1 John 4:4). Even if our to-do list is still a mile long and even if we snap at our children because we are so exhausted and even if we have to say no when we really want to say yes, we can feel freedom instead of failure at the end of the day. When we listen to the voice of love that has been placed deep in our soul, we can fight the voice that taunts us and declare that “WE ARE FREE!”
As we tackle the remainder of this prayer challenge, grace is the goal, not perfection. Stop trying so hard and just live in the freedom of knowing that you are desperately and eternally loved no matter how big or small you think you’ve messed up. Tear down anything that is dividing your heart and dare to fail big. Live today like you believe that you are free.
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