I don’t much feel like writing today. Truth be told, I don’t feel much like doing anything today. Have you ever felt that way? This week has been one of the more frustrating, tense and stress filled weeks I can remember in a long time. I am sitting here at my desk with 5 clients (3 of whom are in my top 5 billing clients) very upset with me. As an aside, I work for a staffing company. My job is to find jobs for people. So, I have companies upset because there were people scheduled to show up to do a job who didn’t bother to show up or call. There are also people who were told that they were no longer needed, who disregarded what we said and showed up anyway. We had people who didn’t tell us the truth on their application process, but then go to our clients and spill their guts. Then, obviously, the client calls and wants to know why I didn’t know.
I have had other things this week too. I won’t get into them here, but suffice it to say I am whipped. I am beat. I don’t have much left. Plus, to top it off, I look back at a lot of the stuff that is going on and wonder what I could have done differently. I have been told by some rather unhappy people how I could have done things differently, and if would have done it that way or this way, it would have made all the difference in the world. Maybe that’s true, but it is much easier to judge from behind than it is when you are facing it. I have people telling me what the problem with things are. I can see the problem too,, I think anyway, but not everyone can. In addition, I am just not sure I see the best solution. So, having said all that, here I sit, not really in a mood to write, feeling kind of down, a lot of stuff on my mind, and I read a fascinating article on the internet. This guy put all his failures onto a resume.
This got me to thinking. I am not sure of all of his motives, and, quite honestly, I am not sure it is such a good idea to focus on our failures, but this is an interesting idea. Take a look at Facebook. Almost everything you see is positive. Take a look at your friends, everything you see is positive. It seems we work really, really hard to make sure everyone sees the positive side of us, all the good things we do, and consequently, that’s what we seen in other people. We see only the good. What if each one of us embraced our failures, not as a thing to brag about, but as an acknowledgement that these have made us who we are today.
In fact, as I think about it, had it not been for my failures, I wouldn’t be the husband I am today. I can think of some times in my life where I plowed ahead when I should have stopped and considered other people’s feelings. This has made me more sensitive (not perfect mind you, just more sensitive). I can think of times where I over reacted with discipline when a hug would have solved the problem. This taught me to be more gentle next times. I can also think of times when I was too gentle and let sin go unchecked for too long when I should have stopped it early. This taught me to be on guard for the little sins.
I could go on and on. I bet you could too. What if we started to embrace our failures. What if we started acknowledging that we aren’t perfect. Heck, what if we started acknowledging that Facebook isn’t even close to right. Some days our lives are a HUGE diasaster. What if we acknowledge that we are far less than the perfect we show online, or at church, or with the extended family, or wherever we are.
What if sometime when someone says, “How are you?” We answer that we stink as a parent. We blew it today. We had a bad day. What if we also said, “But, you know what, I learned that…”
Embrace your failure, acknowledge that you aren’t just “not perfect”, but a long, long way from it. And then, acknowledge that we serve a perfect God who will use your failures to His glory and your good. If that’s the case, and it is, why wouldn’t we embrace our failures, because God will make something beautiful out of it.God can make something beautiful from our failures Click To Tweet
So, go ahead EMBRACE YOUR FAILURE