What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Hmm…. Being a dreamer I can come up with some pretty far fetched things! For you realists out there, the question isn’t pointless. It gives clues to what’s in my heart and important to me. For example, I may not travel to and walk on the moon, but I do have an adventurous spirit that needs expression. I may not come up with a cure for cancer, but I do have a heart and hands that desire to heal the sick. This question is great for stirring up vision in our lives.
But the question for today isn’t, what’s my vision. The question for today is, what’s hindering me from attempting my vision? Why don’t I just go for it? Most often the answer is ….Failure!!
Failure can be defined as: A lack of success, non-fulfillment, defeat, collapse, fiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, flop, washout, dud, loser, underachiever, disappointment, write-off, insufficient. Implicit in the word ‘attempt’ is that there’s a chance of failure, a chance of experiencing these painful things in my life. Been there, done that! Failure hurts. Who wants that? Not me!
How acquainted with failure are you? Maybe the two of you are so intimate that you are best friends. Maybe its a nickname someone has bestowed upon you. If your name is failure there is certainly no reason to try anything. Why would you even dare to dream? You’re a failure.
What an incredibly sad and discouraging way to live. What do you and I give up when we so closely identify with failure in this way?
Truth is we do fail. We all have times when we don’t achieve the end we had hoped and planned for. Sometimes we make stupid choices. Other times someone else’s stupid choices mess things up for us. Then there’s the times when the product, service or skill we offer isn’t chosen. Worse yet, how about the times when we aren’t the person someone else wants in his/her life. Failure, failure, failure!!
But suppose you and I dare to think differently of failure. What if we choose to not let failure have such a powerful negative affect on us. Instead, what if we choose to see failure as having the power to create something new in us, through us and for us? Redemptive.
Would you step out in faith with me and receive this gift? Would you trust and believe that something beautiful is being created in our lives right now? That doesn’t mean that we don’t feel the hurt or live with the consequences of our failures, but it does mean that we don’t stay there. We don’t let failure tell us who we are. We don’t let the fear of failure dictate our actions. Why? Because there is One who redeems us and all the dark ugly areas of failure in our lives. He makes us beautiful and He does it for no other reason than He loves. It’s who He is!
What would you and I attempt if we knew we could not fail?
“and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Oh that our answer would be…whatever He asks.
Unhindered….live the masterpiece!