If you could name your one fear, the one that’s been a constant all your life, what would it be? I don’t have to think very hard to name mine.
Fear of failure has been with me for as long I can remember: in performance, relationships, others’ opinions of me. Pretty much everything I’ve done in my life is tainted by the fear of doing something wrong.
And even though I feel alone in these feelings, I’ve learned that I’m not so unique as to be the only one to feel insecure, so I thought I’d share three simple truths that help me.
Maybe they’ll help you too, because sometimes we need to be reminded of the simple truths.
I am a failure.
This may seem a little harsh or self-deprecating, but you know the old saying you can’t improve until you acknowledge the truth?
The truth is I’m a failure in the truest sense. I’m a heartless, selfish, sinful person, and I can never be all I want to be on my own.
But I’m so glad it doesn’t end there.
My failures don’t define me.
Even though I’ll never be all I want to be or what I think I should be, that’s not all I am.
When I was eight, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I’ve messed up a lot since then. A lot. And I let those mistakes bother me for a long time.
Recently though, I’ve learned in a heart kind of way that God isn’t shaking His head in disappointment with me. He doesn’t look at me and see all my mistakes. He’s not waiting for our meeting in the beyond just to show me what my life could have been like if only I’d not made mistake after mistake.
The only thing He sees when He looks at me is the blood of His Son that perfectly covers my flaws.
He is all that defines me now.
My failures are beautiful.
It’s so hard to extend myself grace sometimes. On my bad days, all I can see is how I should be, but I don’t have to stay in that mindset.
My faults and even my mistakes point directly to the Savior. They show the unconditional love of my Father and the work He’s still in doing in me.
They glorify Him, and whatever glorifies God is beautiful.
I told you this list would be simple, but sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed.
I pray that if you’re here today, you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, because you’re still stuck at the first point of this article otherwise. Please, please, please read this page if you’ve never accepted Him.
If you have accepted Christ, remember that your worth is never defined by your faults and failures: it can only be found in Him.
Question for you: How do you overcome feeling like a failure? Share in the comments below.
Need a little more encouragement? Here ya go.
- 9 Hopeful Thoughts for When You Feel Like a Failure by Crosswalk
- 100 Bible Verses About Failure by Open Bible
- Weary Sparrow