No one enjoys failure.
It doesn't matter if you've failed one time or one hundred times - it never feels good.
But it is necessary.
We know it is. Failure is often how we learn some of our greatest lessons. It's where we experience some of our most profound growth. And yet, we fear failure and avoid it at all cost.
What if we began to reframe the idea of failure? What if we began to see failure as a gift?
I know that sounds absurd - especially in our perfectionistic society. We want the perfectly filtered Instagram photo, not the tearful mess of failure. We want a sense of accomplishment, not a realization that we haven't met the mark.
But what if we gave our permission to fail? What if we allowed ourselves to fall down and then get back up again? You know what we would do?
We would start to take risks. We would be a little more bold. We would dream a little bigger.
We would begin to realize that failure isn't final. We might even see moments where we thought we were failing turn into some of our greatest successes. We would get a little stronger. A little braver. And a little more of who God created us to be.
Beloved, don't fear failure. Embrace the mistakes as part of the process. Accept that you are a work in progress. And rest in the truth that "He who began a good work in you WILL be faithful to complete it." (Phil 1:6)