Failing Well

This week I am rereading a book I blew through several years ago as a book club I participate in is reading it this month. The topic of failure came up and it got my mind to really dwelling on that topic, something I am not too comfortable with if I am honest.  

You see I prefer succeeding, and don’t we all right? Failing at something, whether big or small, can chip away at ourselves. At our reputations. Our egos. Our mattering. Our perceived failures, or outright ones for that matter, should be bringing us in closer to God. To chipping away at the veneer of who we’ve built ourselves to be instead of who He designed and created us to be. 

Here’s the bigger thing, we all are a bunch of failures. (Encouraging right?) 

Paul tells us exactly that in Romans. We have all sinned and fallen immensely short of God’s glory. It’s staggering how big of failures we are when it comes to getting God’s glory. We can never meet His perfect way, and we display that failure every single day. (I really am not writing an uplifting post huh?) 

But God (my favorite two words in the Bible) gave us faith through Jesus Christ, right smack dab in the middle of our failures so we could see that He meets us right there in them. He recognizes we fall short and comes right out after us, just like the prodigal son’s father. And so now we look at failure as a means for grace, for God to display His patience with me, for learning on my part. 

 “It’s more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so that we can swing for the fences again.” (P.28)

Just like the author of the book I am reading, I too am learning that I would rather fail at the stuff that matters than succeed at the stuff that doesn’t.

What Are You Inheriting?

This morning as I was having my time alone in God’s Word, I was reading through Romans. It’s part of the Read the Bible For Life plan from Brentwood Baptist. Let me be honest and say Romans is heavy. It digs deep and Paul doesn’t hold back on them or me for that matter.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.-Romans 8:14-17

Right there in chapter eight Paul tells us we are His children, God’s very own. Not only that but we are co-heirs with Christ. I forget that most days, and in most moments. I forget I am a child of the King, a very princess of the Most High God. I don’t allow the realization of my inheritance to fully seep in to my daily life.

I believe and know I am His, know that Christ is co-heir in both suffering now and glory later. I think I often lose sight of that belief and knowledge.

How can I reflect my daughtership and inheritance within the kingdom today? Would my daily life be lived differently with this belief intentionally woven throughout my actions, words, thoughts, and relationships?