Failure (You're not)

There is a phrase I keep coming across in my reading/studying/training in church planting: "Failure to launch."  This is when a church planter, or church planting team, get a vision, start the journey, work hard, pray even harder, do everything they know to do (and even a few things they don't)... and for whatever reason (usually there are several), fail to get the new church launched.  I'm picking up that this is a big "fear of failure" that some church planters deal with. 

There is a quote that says, "Failure is not an option." But the reality is... yes it is an option.

Any time you attempt something, especially something bigger than you, failure is a very real option.

In my experience, failure can be a good thing.  In my own failures I have learned things about myself and others.  In failure, I have discovered a way that would work because of discovering the ways that wouldn't.  Failure keeps me honest, because there are moments when I think I've got it all figured out.  Failure reminds me to keep learning, to keep seeking, to keep moving forward.

Saying, "It's ok to fail," isn't a cop-out.  The fear of letting someone get away with something is almost as prevalent as fear of failure.  Saying, "It's ok to fail,' isn't saying, "It's ok to not really try, to not really put your heart into it."  Saying, "It's ok to fail," is saying that it's ok to be human, it's ok to not have it all figured out yet, it's ok to try something else.

Failure is an experience, not a person.  You may have failed.  You may have experienced an epic fail.  But YOU are not a failure.  Regroup, refocus, and keep on going!

How has failure been a force for positivity in your life?


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