I’m convinced the world’s perspective is seriously flawed. Why you ask? Here’s a quick example… Society tells us that failure is to be avoided at all costs because it’s uncomfortable. Of course, it is, because pride tells us that we are able to do it all when it’s just not the case. Imagine if we taught our kids and adopted the view for ourselves that failure isn’t such a bad thing. Why? It gives us opportunities to grow and learn. It can be an avenue of redirection to purpose. It can expose what doesn’t work so we can find what DOES work. Instead of fearing failure, what if we accepted it as part of the journey and realized there is no success without it. What if we truly internalized and rested in Romans 8:28? The ESV says “ And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” It doesn’t say that only the things that appear to work out work together for our good. It says ALL things. If we could just grasp that, we could see that even failure can be and is used for our good. Believe it or not, there is excellence held within in the ability to fail.
And just imagine if we could see that for others when they “fail”. Would we become less critical, maybe? Would we realize that it may not be something we like or would do, but God will work it out for the good? Would we TRUST God to do that? Would we trust in the testimony God is building in someone?
Imagine if we treated people differently when they mess up. Imagine if we gave them the room to make those mistakes and let God be the God of the outcome? Would people be more transparent about their struggles? Would we hear much more about the work God is doing in their lives? I dunno about you, but I’m not exactly thrilled to tell people my battles or ask them to pray for me when all I’m gonna get is a stank face. We don’t have a clue about what God is really doing in the lives of others when we have pinpoint vision that focuses on flaws, and the sad part is that most of us will never know or get to be in awe of what God is doing in another because someone somewhere down the line shamed them for “failing”.
I believe we are doing ourselves and others a disservice by throwing an outward appearance of perfection and expecting nothing less from those around us. Pride expects perfection and wants others to believe that really is possible. Even if it was, it still wouldn’t be enough. Truth is, perfection only happened once, and the world wanted Him dead for it. Today, let’s examine our perspective on failure and ask ourselves what would happen if we shifted our view a bit.