Free to Fail

Free to Fail

Revelation Wellness July 11, 2018 (13) comments

An empty room can be more crushing than a crowded one. 

I’ve been to packed workout classes where you can hardly move freely, let alone breathe fresh air.

I’ve also been to workout classes that had nobody in attendance, except for myself,  the instructor. 

In the silence of the room, voices screamed accusations in my head. “See, you did all that preparation for nothing, and for no one. Your time spent and excitement felt was just a waste. You’re pretty much a waste.” I felt like the walls were closing in on me, and fast.

I’m often plagued with discouragement and think, “Oh, those people didn’t come? I must be a failure.” The Lord is teaching me that I am not a failure (or a mistake, or useless… whichever word comes up that day). 

Sin is the failure. I am a disciple.

A disciple is a student. The Greek word for “disciple” in the Bible is mathētḗs, which translates as a follower of Christ who learns who God is and how to walk with Him. A child learns how to walk by falling forward. Her eyes are fixed ahead as she stumbles onward.

A disciple of Jesus is one who looks to the all-loving and Living God, falling forward into His arms.

She is free to flunk the same tests over and over because He gives her a million chances to try again.  She is free to climb the narrow, rocky road and stumble because Her Savior is there to immediately pick her back up again.

She is free to fail. 

Along with “failing forward,” the phrase “failing fast” is a popular concept with entrepreneurs. It’s based on the framework of trying something, seeing if it works, and then pivoting if it doesn’t. 

As quoted in the Startup Institute blog: “Failure informs us, giving us the intel to optimize—to reenter the game with a better product, a stronger strategy, and a clearer sense of where we need to go and what we need to get there. Failure cultivates humility, builds resiliency, and breeds fearlessness.”

I am happy to take a lesson from the business world and fail fast so I can serve others better. 

I am confident that when I let Christ be my victory, I can allow failure to be a teacher. 

The work I do becomes less about me, and more about Jesus.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 1:6

Our great God counts no record of wrongs. No matter how many times you may have messed up, no matter how many times you have tried to start a new idea or lose the weight or be patient with your kids—there is freedom in Christ, freedom in forgiveness, freedom to try hard and fail big. 

I pitched a gospel-preaching fitness class to my local YMCA a few months ago, and they are letting me do a summer trial for the class. I was bold in asking, and they were audacious in taking a risk on me. It has been going really well. The class is typically full of beautiful, grateful people. That was, until the other day, when nobody showed up. 

But this time, I was not afraid of losing the class or ashamed that no one came. The Lord always comes. He was enough for me. I stayed and did the workout.

The work God has called you to do is never a failure when you are faithful. His Word never returns void. Let His fierce love break the chains of fear, doubt, and shame. Those are the enemy’s tools to keep us from Kingdom work. You are no longer bound to a comparison of another’s calling or success. Focus on Jesus, learn from failure, and be free in His steadfast love for you.

 

Kasey is a wife, mama, Bible study author, and Revelation Wellness personal trainer in Athens, Georgia. You can find her at kaseybshuler.com and rwathens.com.

 

 

Thank you for reading along on the Revelation Wellness Blog! This month we are excited to ask, seek and knock on heaven’s door for a greater revelation of what it means to live in radical freedom. If you are a monthly partner with us, we remind you to join us in the RevWell TV July Facebook challenge group page. It’s a place where you are welcome to come as you are and “glow up” in loving God, getting healthy, being whole and loving others.

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cheryl July 11, 2018

I loved this beautiful share, and it met me just where i needed it to. I am a holy yoga instructor on a mission to bring the ladies trained in HY and RW together to be a force in our area. I love both practices and drink in the possibility for people to experience god's love in this way.

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marie m faulkner July 11, 2018

This article is sooo realatable, my 1st silver sneakers class at my local ymca last week was a bit of a downer. Nobody came! Yet i know! God is faithful. He has given me a desire to teach fitness again and shown me the particpants that are best for me . Looking forward to teaching again this friday and teaching whether 1 person shows up or no one shows up. Because I'm going to do it for HIs glory. In his love Marie

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Cathy July 11, 2018

You are awesome keep it up

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David Hempel July 11, 2018

Just saying Thanks! I needed that. ;) Will continue to need that. :)

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Michelle July 11, 2018

Thank you. This sets me free.

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Siuki July 11, 2018

I love this post. I believe we’ve all had those times when “no one showed up” and we were the only ones there in that room. Thank you for Reminding us that Jesus shows up, that it’s about Him and that its sin that’s a failure and not us. This really spoke to me this morning and im glad the Lord put this on your heart and you spoke about it.

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Christina Landry July 11, 2018

Is there a revelation wellness podcast for Android phones? I searched but did not find it.

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Ana July 11, 2018

Im at a tiguh place inmy life where my job is veing eleimjnated and im not sure what my next steps will Be? Im Praying and asking for thr Lorda direction i need to know GOds next step for ky lIfe do i look within the comlany and stay do i take the Serverance pakakgE and stay home with my daufhter? When i had my Now 18 year old i prayed to Stay home that i wiuld get a PaCkage and stay home. I then kept praying that same prayer when i had my now 13 year oLd? Now it seems like its haooening i dont God is never late but always on time and maybe thOse werr not the right times but now is ? Why cant i bekeive my prayer has been answerEd nOw so many years later but now it the time? Pleaae pray i can xome yo a point where i feel peace in letting go and moving on. Thank you

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ad_gabby July 11, 2018

Yes, you can listen to the podcast on Android. Search for Revelation Wellness on the Podbean app!

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Lisa July 11, 2018

Just want To encourage you that God totally used this blog today to speak to me/meet my need today, praise Him,

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Elizabeth Brush July 11, 2018

This so MUCH touched me! You don't even know how perfect your timing was t ok drop this in my inbox. I've wanted to reach out to you and keep holding back because of the cost. I'm hoping something can come up. Keep inspiring ! Much Love!

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Maggie July 11, 2018

Oh wow, awesome keep it up.

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Casey July 11, 2018

Thanks for this! Met me right where I am and was both challenging and encouraging. :)

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