By Kevin Ganiere
I have done some stupid things in my time. I can say that now because I am over thirty. But the one that takes the cake is when I was about twelve years old and ran to jump on my brother when he wasn’t looking. Little did I know the glass door I had to run through was not open, just really clean! I wish someone had video tapped it, because I would be a $100,000 winner on Americas Funniest Home videos!
It hurt though. It hurt my nose. It hurt my pride (as everyone laughed), and it hurt the door (it broke).
All of us have failed. Sometimes our failures are small, sometimes they are big. And sometimes they are EPIC. Whether you have failed in a relationship, in school, on a job, or at sports, we have all had an “Epic Fail”, and that is when we sin.
Sin is the failure that separates us from God. You can’t get any bigger than that. But there is good news. God invites us back into relationship when we accept, believe and confess our sin. Story over, right?
Well if you’re like me, we continue to epically fail and sin over and over. Most times our fails hurt. Just like running into a glass door, they can hurt us physically, emotionally and relationally. When you fail, you can choose to focus on your fail, and become depressed and discouraged. Or, you can choose to focus on God.
Here is what I know: Philippians 1:6 tells us that He (God)who began a good work in us (when we first believed and received his forgiveness) will continue it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. This God life is a race. There will be hurdles, failures, pot holes, etc., but God is still working on you. Believe it and choose to focus on Him rather than your failure.
PS - I was reminded of Philippians 1:6 when I opened an old Bible my Mom and Dad gave me for eighth grade graduation. That verse was written on the inside with a note. Parents, never underestimate the value of the words that you speak over your kids.