Failing Gracefully

[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]S[/mk_dropcaps]etting out to clarify your vision and live the life of a visioneer means you must come to expect that you will have moments of failures.  Pursuing your vision, bringing it down from mere thought, into face to face reality takes the strength and courage of a warrior.  In every battle there are smaller victories and losses.  What will you do when you face loss? The bestselling author on leadership John C. Maxwell puts it like this: [mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. [/mk_blockquote]

When we make mistakes it is not to turn them into labels of who we are but to draw from their depths the lessons we need to learn to bring our character to the level that God has designed us to operate in.  Cleaning off the junk of the past, the tarnish of those moments of trauma and pain, to instead allow God to move through those moments to strengthen our character is not pleasant in the moment but so necessary.  God does not intend for us to go through bad things, but he is incredible at making good come of those moments. His primary concern is not our comfort but our character.  It is right there in Romans 8:28

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.(NLT)[/mk_blockquote]

God's purpose for us is to love Him and to spread that love to others. I like to think of God like an improvisation genius.  He knows when we will fall, no matter how bad it may be, and in the midst of that moment He orchestrates things behind the scenes for it to be the best set up for breakthrough in the days ahead.  Where His plans get held up is when we begin to waiver in our trust of the Lord’s faithfulness, especially in moments of embarrassment and shame.  Those circumstances stir up feelings that are so good at shouting at us,trying to get us to submit to them and not the truth, that  our focus slips from God down to them.   The truth is God has MORE in store for each of us.

As we embark together on fearlessly pursuing our vision I want you to be encouraged that though failures will come they are not who you are.  They are not the breaking of you.  I would go as far as to say that those failures will be the making of you.  They will help to form you into one that radiates the light of our God so brightly and purely that the outside world cannot help but be drawn to the Lord as a result.  You and I both will have moments of failure this year.  But you know what?  With the Lord, every time we fail, we fall into grace.  Dare I say it, we fail grace-fully!  With that in mind lets choose not to run from failure but to run into it boldly and humbly.  Then we can soak up as much wisdom and insight from the days ahead as possible. This is your year of fearless adventure.   Be ready, it will be marked with beautiful and messy moments of failing gracefully.