having some fun with failure

To me, fun and failure don’t really belong in the same sentence.  One of the only times that I’ve experienced failure and its been fun is when I bowl.  For whatever reason, whenever I bowl, I laugh my head off.  Since I don’t really have much opportunity to bowl, I’m a miserable failure with bowling & it makes me TOTALLY laugh at myself in a really healthy way.  Except for bowling, fun and failure aren’t very complementary – but here’s the catch:  they can be.

I’ve had varying degrees of failure in my life.  I’ve failed in various sports, failed in some different school work, failed in some relational contexts, failed with some financial decisions and more.  Here’s the good part of failure – its the bottom.  Furthermore, we often seem to learn more from our failures than our successes.  Success feels better than failure, but failure because of both the feelings and consequences causes us to adapt, change, grow, adjust and improve. 

Here’s the tricky part of failure:  just because you’ve experienced failure doesn’t mean that you are a failure.  The verb isn’t the same as the noun.  Sometimes, if we’ve had some catastrophic failure or a whole bunch of failures, it can be easy to transfer the action to our identity.  This is contrary to what Paul says in Romans 8:37 – that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. 

Hold your head up high when you fail.  Its an opportunity to grow and get better.  Through Jesus’ love for us, we are never failures, even when we blow it.

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