Over the past couple of years, I’ve faced some painful failures. I poured my heart into a ministry, and I watched it crumble before my eyes. Despite my best efforts, things did not go as hoped. People (including myself) walked away disappointed. And in the end, I really began to question a lot of things.
God, am I just in the way of your ministry? Do you really have a plan for me?
Through the brokenness, I began to discover that there is a God who delights in our weakness. He is quite comfortable with us coming to the end of ourselves and facing our fears.
But this time, when I looked at my failure, I realized there was something on the other side. Failure is a doorway to greater things.
Seth Godin, in his book Tribes, puts it this way, “[They] have actively talked themselves out of the fear. I mean, the fear is still there, but it’s drowned out by a different story…. The only thing holding you back is your own fear.”
God is teaching me this lesson in a dozen ways at the same time, but especially through the great leaders around me at Faith Promise. From what I can tell, I’m beginning to make some solid progress. I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m ready to fail, because I realize that failure is a part of making progress.