|What I thought I looked like|
|What I actually looked like|
It got me thinking about how we try new things in the church and in life. Are you willing to look like a fool? Too often we wait until the idea is perfected, organized and determined effective before we attempt it. I'm sure there are appropriate times to act with caution. But too much of our lives go unlived because we're terrified of falling and failing.
Do you want to try something new?
You may fail spectacularly. Who cares. Get up and try again.
Craig Groeschel: "What has God called you to do that you're afraid to attempt? Be willing to fail."
Chip & Dan Heath: "Our failures don't have to be hell; they provide us insight. A tolerance for failure is built into a growth mindset. View your talents, skills and failures as muscles. Work them out and they'll get better. Failure is an early warning sign of success."
God: My grace is enough for you, because my power is made perfect in your weakness.
P.S. As we arrived back at the parking lot to head home, I pushed over a little hill that I knew I shouldn't have. Just as my confidence had grown in the last hour, I slipped and fell pretty hard on my side. Epic fail. :) Failure may be necessary but it still hurts.