Failure makes you stronger.
For most of my life I have feared failure. As a result, I worshipped responsibility. I have always tried to be the most responsible person, someone you can always trust to carry out any task. Someone who always has everything in order and does things the right way. When you worship responsibility it does not allow room for risk. Every detail of life is planned out and highly calculated. When you live life this way, most of the time you miss out on the rewards of everyday life. This quote by Seth Godin (@sethgodin) sums this up nicely:
“If failure is not an option then neither is success.”
If you always play it safe you will miss out on amazing opportunities that come your way. The amount of risk you are willing to take is equal to the amount of potential reward. High risk, high reward. I’m not saying we should be completely irresponsible, but if there is no room for failure then you might be missing out on an opportunity for God to do something amazing through you.
What risk do you need to take today? It may be something small or something huge like quitting your job and chasing your dreams. For most of us though it’s not a giant leap but a small step. It might be having a conversation you have been putting off or taking harder classes at school. It might be giving your resources to help someone or starting the side business you dreamed about for years. It might be knocking on your neighbors door to invite them over. I would love for it to be that you want to start a Connect Community!
Whatever it is, take the risk! I promise you no matter the outcome you will be glad you tried. Success is great but failure makes you stronger!
Send your grain across the seas,
and in time, profits will flow back to you.
But divide your investments among many places,
for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.
When clouds are heavy, the rains come down.
Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls.
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both. – Ecclesiastes 11:1-6