When failure is an option.

 

I want to deposit a quick thought in your life today. 
 
EMBRACE THE UNANTICIPATED BEAUTY OF FAILURE.
 
Hey… not one of us sets out to fail. Win the game. Get the promotion. Make the sale. 
 
But failure is real. For all of us. And most often our greatest failure is not during a game or at work. We find ourselves going down for the count again and again in our private lives. 
 
The losing battle with our weight. 
Our out of control spending habits. 
An uncontrollable sexual addiction. 
 
How often have I echoed the Apostle Paul’s refrain…
 
“For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”
Romans 7:19 NIV

 
And what we fail to realize is this. When we fail miserably, God has us right where he wants us. 
 
In complete need.
Utter brokenness. 
 
Let the death of self be complete. Why settle for resuscitation, when you can have resurrection? 
 
It is only when we fall on our faces in total desperation and admit that our own strength will never be enough, that Jesus is given space to work his grace. 
 
That’s why the same Paul would go on to write to the Christians at Corinth…
 
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

 
Remind yourself of this today: Your strength is not found in a greater power of will. It is not found in a more disciplined course of commitment. Nor is it found in listening to the next Tony Robbin’s audio series. 
 
It is found in humility. It is found in the admission of our absolute inability to manage our life, emotions and outcomes in our own strength. 
 
Only Jesus. Your Kingdom come Lord. Because mine is crumbling and weak. And I know when your Kingdom comes to rest in my life, the strength you will bring -- will far exceed the powers of trial and temptation in my world. 
 
I can testify to this. My sin was out of control and I had become powerless to stop it. When I finally found the courage to face the death in my life, the power of resurrection began to emerge. And the strength I feel today is not my own. 
 
It is his. And it humbles me. 
 
I pray for you today. Lord, let each of us die to the constant resuscitation of self. Let the old be buried and the robust power of Christ be resurrected in our lives. Amen.
 
I hope your day is filled with the whisper of the Spirit in your life. He is your good shepherd -- may you follow well. 
 
One of the joys I have each week, is pouring into the lives of men who are struggling and want to learn how to live a resurrected life! If I can help you with some coaching, just complete the form here and we will get connected right away. 

May God’s richest goodness and grace find you everyday,
 
Blaine