Most folks dream up New Years resolutions to be a better person this year than they were last year. Personally I’ve never been a fan of New Years resolutions. I know I’ll break them. Just like most other folks who make them.
I have a dear blogging friend who’s worried about failure in 2017. She’s a delightful young accomplished woman, a loving wife and mother of three with a very successful career. She never stops. She has two speeds. 100 miles-an-hour and off. She gets up at 4 a.m., works out, nurtures her children, loves her husband, loves her family, loves Jesus, loves her job, supervises dozens of co-workers, writes a blog, serves as an admin to a blog with a partner, worries a lot and feels the need to be in control. She’s fiercely determined to, as she calls it, “have a plan and drive her own bus.”
She wrote about it all on her blog today. Here’s how I responded:
My dear friend, failure awaits you in 2017. You’ll get knocked down flat on your tush! Probably more than once. The trick is not avoiding failure. The trick is figuring out how to respond to your failures in ways that make you grateful and show Jesus to all those who watch you fail. There will be an audience. Others close to you will witness it all. And hang on your response. Family and friends will love you through it and stand with you. Others may take note of your response and be blessed. God will use it for your good and His glory.