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.
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.
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.
Move in freedom with us in this week’s #wednesdayworkout! For more great workouts, visit us at RevWellTV!
ASHLEY’S FULL-LENGTH STEP AEROBIC – “POUND THE ROCK”
This classic step aerobics video will give you simple, heart-pumping routine combined with strength training intervals to give you a full body workout. Don’t have a step, don’t worry! Find some stairs or a step stool – or simply follow along with the modifications if you don’t have either of those items. (ALL LEVELS) (HEBREWS 10:23; OPTIONAL – STEP & HAND WEIGHTS)