Once in a while but frequent enough to make it freaky, my husband and I think in the same vein. This past week we both had need to write an article; my blog and his church newsletter. We started brainstorming the same topic. Since he beat me to the punch and did a better job on the topic than I did, I’m going to let Jack Wingate be guest blogger this time—that is, with a bit of editorial license and a few side comments from me. After all, it’s hard to resist.
We all belong to a not-so-exclusive club made up of people who have blown it with God. It’s called the Failure Club. We stand in good company with someone straight from the pages of the Bible:
- Peter, who denied knowing Jesus
- Peter, who sank into the waves instead of walking on them.
- Peter, who was the first to be taught to welcome Gentiles, and then rejected them (Acts 10:9ff; Galatians 2:11ff)
As I look at my own life, I thought, “I’m better than Peter!”
- I’ve never been rejected from Harvard.
- I’ve never flunked out of medical school.
- I’ve never lost the Daytona 500.
- I’ve never bankrupted a business
[Karen adds the following:
- I’ve never failed a driver’s license test.
- I’ve never flunked out of calculus or physics
- I’ve never ruined a batch of hollandaise sauce.]
- Have I ever failed to love someone in Jesus’ name?
- Have I ever been afraid to try something new?
- Have I ever failed to comfort someone who was grieving?
- Have I ever blown a chance to teach my children?
- Have I ever been silent when I should have spoken up for Jesus?
So, before I presume to judge Peter, there’s a couple of things I must keep in mind:
- I can’t fail if I don’t try. I’ve never walked on water, but Peter did!
- I’ve never publicly denied Jesus; but I was never threatened with arrest and crucifixion, either. Peter was!
- I’ve never refused to welcome “sinners.” But I have never done the risky kind of soul-winning Peter did!
Instead of saying “he failed,” I should say, “I’m glad he had the courage to try.”
If I don’t speak up, if I don’t take the risk, if I refuse to accept the challenge, I’ll be safe from failure. I’ll also never see the mountaintop if I never risk climbing the mountain. I’ll never fly like an eagle if I never spread my wings. I’ll never see God at work if I don’t take the chance. You and I can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. So, come on. Let’s spread our wings and take some chances together.