We’ve all been told that “failure is good – you can’t succeed or learn without making mistakes.” And most of us go, “bla-bla-bla” inside our heads and go right on expecting ourselves to be perfect. We call it high expectations. We say we demand a lot of ourselves. My personal favorite is my own “mediocre isn’t in my vocabulary.”
When it’s all boiled down, though, what’s left on the bottom of the pot is the number one fear of mankind. (No, not public speaking.)
Failure. Rejection. Just plain old not being good enough.
Since I am a homeschool mom, and many of my friends are homeschool moms, I tend to address homeschoolers more than anyone else. But, please, this post goes for everyone drawing breath on this planet…so, don’t flip the channel or turn away. We all have areas in which we need to experience resounding failure!
Isaiah 43 happens to be one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, and I want to zoom in on verses 10-11.
What does it mean to be a witness? If you are an eye witness, who is helping put a criminal behind bars, you are being called upon in a official capacity to give account for what you have seen with your own eyes. What you saw could be so important that it may literally swing a verdict one way or another – putting someone in prison for life or letting them go free. You have to be 100% certain about what you saw.
God wants us to be 100% certain about His ability to be God. He has chosen us to know and bear witness that He alone is Yahweh, and there is no other God. There is no other Savior.
Our culture is steeped in humanism. It is engrained into almost every aspect of life. We are told that we alone can decide what is right or wrong – that truth is relative. We, as humans have taken the God-given gift of free choice and turned it into the belief of consequence-free choice. Evolution is embraced as science, when in reality, it is a religion of unbelief and purposelessness. As a consequence of this worldview, life has no value, depression and hopelessness steal lives and futures, and generations wander aimlessly through life leaving no impact for the Kingdom of God.
Oh, Lord Jesus, we need You!
As parents, it’s easy to think that we are meant to be our children’s savior. This is the number one area in which we need to fail. I’m pointing this specifically at the mom in my mirror. This is a personal place of necessary failure.
My children need to know that I am not their savior. There is ONE Savior, and He has to be their one and only God. They have to know it is their knees that have to bow before the God of the Universe for their redemption. They have to know and believe that God created them for a purpose.
We may think that our kids are incapable of understanding what God is trying to teach them, but here’s a news flash: God is the One Who predestined our kids to be born into this generation. HE alone knows exactly how many days their lives are to be. He alone knows the plans He has had for them since before the beginning of time. He is perfectly capable of being their God.
It is crucial that we view these young ones as future world-changers for God, as future adults – not as “our perpetually foolish kid,” who will either embarrass us or make us proud.
I have witnessed it with my own eyes. God is raising up a generation of mighty warriors; perhaps some of the mightiest warriors to date. (If you haven’t read my post “it is well with my soul,” please do so!)
When we spend so much time orchestrating, manipulating, controlling, and filtering our children’s lives, because we are afraid that any mistakes or “failures” reflect back on us, we can effectively pad their lives from any learning experience God has for them. If OUR voice is so loud that they can’t hear anyone or anything else, how can they detect the still small voice?
This does not mean that we are to throw our kids to the wolves – far from it! We are mandated to instruct our children in the way they should go. So how do we do that without controlling their entire lives? The answer: through prayer – stay close to God.
“The best lessons are not taught, they are transmitted.”
If our children grow up seeing and experiencing our inability to lay down our pride, agendas, hurt feelings, fear, and need for control, how are they going to learn to? When all is said and done, do we want our children to go out into life with a stiff-neck stubbornness that they have learned from us? Or will we serve them better by modeling humbleness?
We need to pray that God is able to break all of our hearts for what breaks His.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.”
May we all fail miserably at being anyone’s savior today and every day. May we instead, find the amazing peace that passes all understanding that comes from knowing and believing God.
May we know today that He is Yahweh, the One and Only, the Savior of our souls, the Healer of our hearts, and everything that we need.
Laura Chord was outspoken about her faith and wanted everyone to know the peace and joy of Jesus. There has been a fund set up at First State Bank in Newcastle, Wyoming in honor of Laura’s dedication to the following organizations: Summit Ministries, Rainbow Bible Ranch, scholarships for FCA Wyoming, Women’s Resource Center of Northeast Wyoming. (For those of you who would like to contact the First State Bank in Newcastle, here is their address: P.O. Box 910 24 N. Sumner Newcastle, WY 82701.)
Love you, friend!