We aren’t always going to get it right. If we counted on always getting it right, we would never try anything. We probably end up getting it wrong more than we get it right – at least that is my experience. But that doesn’t keep us from trying. That doesn’t keep us from getting up. Getting it wrong does not define who we are. Just because we fail doesn’t mean we are a failure. It simply means we tried. There is something to be said for trying. We learn much more from our failures than we do from our successes. And we don’t really have real success without those failures.
All of this to say that we cannot give up because things haven’t gone like we had hoped or planned. We must keep going to be all we were created us to be. God didn’t make us failures. He didn’t make us hopeless. He gave us the abilities to learn and grow to become more like him. He gave us his Spirit to encourage us and show us the way. He made us and gave us a hope and a future.
Keep going. Failure does not define us. God defines us. He says we are his beloved. And that is enough.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
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