I Failed, So What’s New?

We’re two weeks into 2013 and the resolutions that you wrote down haven’t gone as well as you had hoped. The workout routine kinda stalled when you realized that you forgot your earbuds at work and you can’t workout without music. Your resolution to be more Christ-like took a detour when you gave an 80 year old the bird for cutting you off in traffic. The idea of eating better looked great on paper until you found Dorito’s “Buy One Get One Free”. So you’ve failed, what’s new?

We all deal with failure differently. Some of us beat ourselves up while others decide to throw away any progress when things look rough. Failure is a fact of life and something that we all face on a daily basis. Even in the midst of failure there is hope!

If you’ve ever read stories of David in the Old Testament, they range from inspiring to scandalous. We hear about this King that was “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22), but then we read of the many ways that he failed to live a Godly life.

In failure, David knew something that we can sometimes forget. Check out the beginning of Psalm 40:

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”

David knew that he didn’t have the power to turn things around. He was fully aware of the sin condition that all of humanity was born into. It wasn’t his perfect life that marked him as a man after God’s own heart, it was his ability to fall down before his Creator and put dependance on Him.

It’s not easy to admit failure because we’ve been told that we have to keep up a reputation with the people around us. That mindset is flawed because it leaves no room for an understanding of grace. Our failures aren’t character flaws that should bring us down. Our failures are reminders that we’re a broken people that need a loving God.

I’m going to fail today and I’m OK with that. It just means that I’ll have plenty of reasons to have a conversation with my Creator.

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    • About the Author
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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

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