Forward Failure…

forward-failure-sometimes-what-appears-to-be-failure-is-in-fact-the-hunting-ground-for-finding-wisdom-find-wisdom-1Last night, I heard Bishop Mosa Sono, speak for the first time.  (Firstly, let me say, he so didn’t seem bishop-y, I imagined someone in robes, boring and cardboard like….that’s word association for you.  But instead was delighted to find a man full of life, funny, deep, profound with a few impressions thrown in for good measure).  He said a few things that really struck me, but, for the stake of a short post (which I know we all like) I’m going to hone in on only one.  He boldly said ‘allow people to fail and offer restorative  counsel’.

Hearing this,  numerous things flashed through my mind:

  • Be a safe person to fail around, help people to stand back up to their feet, in fact reach out a hand and help them up.
  • Sometimes when we give something new a try we fail, but it’s because we are inexperienced, lacking knowledge or are lacking support. Forward Failure – sometimes what appears to be failure, is in fact the hunting ground for wisdom.  Find Wisdom!
  • I believe we only really fail, when we choose to no longer get up and try.   Sure, we need to hone our skills, but failure is more an attitude towards life, than a response to circumstances.

I also had a vague vague memory about an avalanche quote I’d come up with years and years ago – (when I was in my 20’s. seriously, a life time ago lol).  Something about an avalanche being a slip down the mountain, but the mountain still stands and failure only wins, when we refuse to climb to our feet and reach for the summit again.

You my friend are not a failure. In fact, you have a purpose, so beautiful and profound and handcrafted by God, that it fits you and you alone.  So, no matter what the day holds, the mountains, the valleys, the rain storms, the gale-force winds or brilliant sunshine. (And if you’re in Melbourne- you’ll get it all~that’s what we are famous for!). Know this

‘Don’t be afraid’,he said

“For you are very precious to God

Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!”

As he spoke these words to me,

I suddenly felt stronger and said to him,

“Please speak to me, my Lord,

For you have strengthen me” Daniel 10:19

Monday I was up early,as I opened my bible to Daniel I started to read Chapters 9 and 10, the words ‘you are precious’ really jumped of the page for a friend facing a difficult circumstance.  As I continued to read, I saw what following and my heart sang.  It’s not just for her, but you too, no matter what happened today.

Failure can look different to everyone, it can be God seemingly not coming thru, it can be confusion or disagreements with loved ones, it can be businesses not making budget, or bills not being paid.  But know this – when you talk to God about it – He’ll talk back. God doesn’t see you as a failure, so neither should you. He sees you as precious and that my friend is something that never sits side by side with failure!

Until next time, Happy Pondering

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Are you mad at me?

 

are-you-mad-at-meIt’s ok to be sad, or even mad; it’s what we do with it that really counts. These emotions, if we learn how to investigate them, show us the story we are telling ourselves, our beliefs system.  When driving in the car this morning and chatting to God about being sick of waiting on a particular situation, I was like don’t scwhinge  ER (a word my brother use for my niece when she was whinging and squirming as a two year old).  So I was endeavouring not to scwhinge at God, but have a conversation.  It involved a ‘why’ question, huh I thought I was crossing over to scwhinge land, but then I heard Him as me this question about the situation.  Are you mad at me? To which I replied – no, I’m sad at you.

Yeah, I’m sad at God about it, not because I don’t see His hand in the circumstance, not because I don’t trust He is going to work it all out and not because I don’t trust him.  I’m sad at Him- because He can take it.  In fact, He wants to.  He wants to lift the sadness off, so I don’t have to carry it or feel it.  That’s pretty amazing really!

He’s more concerned with what’s missing in my world that’s making me sad, than being concerned about me feeling something. He’s not offended by my emotions.  Yes, He’s wanting me to handle them right. On the other hand He’s concerned with the why – the motive – the underlying belief which lead me (and you in that situation which keep crossing your mind as you read this  ) to that thought, action or voiced opinion.

So where did I leave the conversation in the car? I left it in amazement that I’m not angry but sad and that’s OK.  I left it with God having His arms outstretched to me and wanting me to draw near and be comforted.  I left it with the understanding that I know it’s not over and I know He’s working.  A John Piper quote I love, says ‘God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them’.  You know what even if He’s only doing three, I’m cool with that, cause those three will be the most important three, cause He’s is good – always!

Happy Ponderings