Okay everyone, I’m getting my blogs up and running again! I’ve got life *somewhat* scheduled and planned out… and I’ve got some blog post ideas sketched out and ready to go.
With that said… Why You Need to Fail.
Everyone should fail at least one thing in your life. You need to mess up, drop the Frisbee, fail the CLEP, miss the deadline, wreck the car, miss the goal, burn the food. The list goes on and on. Failure is tough and hard (trust me, I know!) but there are three reasons I think everyone should fail (and why every distance student should fail a CLEP).
We’re all human
If you succeed at everything, you get a little cocky. Some of us more than others, but we all do it. Your head gets a little big when you have a “perfect record”. Failures are good reminders that you are human, I am human… in fact, we are all human! Failure is a reality check. Take it and move on.
Failure teaches more than Success
I realized this when I was learning how to drive (I’m still learning, by the way). I could drive in a parking lot, at the correct speed with the correct posture all day long. But it wasn’t until I started doing hard things – like driving with other cars, going over bridges, merging onto the interstate – that I started making mistakes. Some were uninformed mistakes, some were dumb, obvious mistakes. But each one made an impression in me, and taught me a lot more than all the perfect driving ever did.
God shouts through pain
Let’s be perfectly honest, failure causes pain. Last night, during a volleyball game at a local park, one of my friends messed up badly. The ball went wide and far, and he hurt his shoulder. He walked off the court and said, “That hurt. My pride and my shoulder!” Failure can hurt – physically or emotionally. It causes a lot of pain. But the good news is God shouts through our pain. “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, butshouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C. S. Lewis
So, when I have kids and friends tell me they failed a test, I sympathize. But I also think its a really good thing. Whether they realize it or not, they just made a huge leap to being an better person in Christ!