I’ve failed in many areas in my life: my money, my time with God, being able to maintain a clean house, etc. It’s so easy for us to get hard on ourselves when we don’t live up to the expectations we have set for ourselves. The world tells us that failure is a bad thing, but true success in life comes through failure.
The business world does embrace failure, but they always rely on self-will and self-improvement to get out of failure. When we become Christians, we are told to deny ourselves and submit to God. Submitting to God seems counterproductive, but it’s the best to do.
There’s nothing wrong with working hard, apply yourself, and being persistent. We were taught those things growing up as children. We were taught never to give up and always strive for excellence. When we become Christians, those lessons get flipped upside down.
As babes in Christ, we thought we had to prove how saved we are by doing good works. We feel that we have to earn God’s approval. God doesn’t want us trying to be more “good”; He wants us to surrender.
Surrender doesn’t mean you give up hope, but it does mean you stop trying to get yourself up and let God help you out of your pitfall. God allows us to fail sometimes, so we can let go of our pride and become dependent on Him.
I spent months beating myself up for not having a steady income. I wanted to prove to my family that I can take care of myself and live independently. The more I try, the more I disappoint them. I believe God is using my failed job attempts/business attempts to show me what complete surrender looks like.
I don’t know what the future may bring, but my future is in God’s hands.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'”
Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:6-8 NLT