“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubt, but because she continued on despite them. “ – Beau Taplin || Unstoppable
Recently, I’ve been feeling a big, huge, ginormous failure.
I have, it sucks. I wish I didn’t.
I try to affirm myself in who God says I am, but it never seems to take root, which is silly. Shouldn’t I practice what I preach?
I sit here, in this coffee shop, with 4 jobs. I enjoy all of them, because I am not tied to a desk, but I am, unfortunately, tied to a stigma that culture has bestowed upon 20somethings. The idea of where success is derived from.
So often we relate success to earning a good living, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, heck I have 4 jobs just so I can afford everything, but at the same time earning money should not be the only to keep us from pursuing our God given dreams and destinies. Along with that, failure is also many times a place we go mentally when we don’t align with the ideas and goals we or other people have set for our lives.
Hey, you’re not going to college?
Hey, you’re not married yet?
Hey, you’re 35 and you’re single?
Hey, you’re not working a corporate job even though you have a degree?
Hey, you’re broke?
Hey, an amazing opportunity came up, but it’s unpaid?
Sucks to be a failure, right? Right. Well, at least that’s what society tells us.
I think one reason we let these and many other so-called failures determine our views of ourselves and life is because we put so much stock into them. We begin to put ourselves into opinions that are insignificant. We question everything we’ve come to know to be true. We begin to let fear take control and then we are stopped dead in our tracks, staring at everything with a wide-eyed look of terror stamped onto our faces. That isn’t how we should face life.
When I look at failure, I see a couple ways that it seems most prevalent.
1. We’re deathly afraid we are going to mess up
2. We don’t feel like we have any “physical” support
3. We don’t think that we are good enough to even be given the opportunity to fail
The problem is, usually, those doubts we have are what we let guide us because “better safe than sorry right?” Sometimes it takes a leap of faith to know what we should be doing. We shouldn’t fear failure, because the only true failure is never trying. When we try and mess up, in any way, at least we learn what not to do for next time, and God voice becomes more distinguished from our own voice.
When I think about all of these things, eating away at our thoughts, I obviously want to just turn into a bear and go hibernate for like 15 years. I fell like turning into any various forest creature would be sufficient though. They have no worries.
Anyway, back to real life.
Jesus has a few things to say about our problems and he can get pretty specific!
First things first, IM THA REALIST. Just kidding, but
When we’re afraid to fail, he says,
2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
When we feel alone with no support, he says,
Psalm 73:23 (ESV)
“Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.”
When we don’t think we’re good enough, he says,
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
I feel like Jesus is just super cool because he already knows were going to run around like the headless horseman, so he’s got these little sticky notes for our lives.
I’ve come to the conclusion that failure is inevitable, we’re humans, its how we deal with it that truly defines our character and makes us unstoppable.
You are amazing. I love you. YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE. You are unstoppable. God has created you for greatness in many forms. Lets be cliché; let go and let God.