Failing Forward

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If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us  and to cleanse us from every wrong.  1 John 1:9

I can be my own worst enemy.  I often believe the lies that are prevalent in my thinking.

"You're useless."

"Nobody needs you."

"You were a giant mistake."

"You're dumb."

"You're stupid."

I have to fight against these old, old thought patterns.

Other people can tell me that I'm ok - but I often don't believe it.

The worst thing in life for me?

To be a failure.

To have lived this life and completely and utterly failed."

(No, this is not a plea for reassurances from you all - it's just how I honestly feel sometimes.)

I mentioned that I've started the 60-60 challenge.  For sixty days, you  pause once an hour and think on God, remind yourself of His presence, and focus on how the next hour can be guided by Him.

I'm using their phone app, which comes up with a Scripture verse and a thought for the hours you program in.

The thought for this hour?

"Fail forward."

Telling us that we need progress, not perfection.  

Let the failure lead to your next success - imperfect as it may be.

What a wonderful thought.

I can begin to erase all of those old thoughts as they appear.  (I actually try to visualize the thoughts on a blackboard and begin to erase them with an eraser!)

How it helps!  I'm slowly accepting the me that I am. 

The imperfect, klutzy, disorganized me.

But it's the same me that loves God.

I love the gentle nudges toward Him.

I appreciate when I am open enough to pay attention to those nudges.

I've only been doing the "Soul Revolution" a few days - but I can see immediate benefits from this approach to my day.

I realize it isn't something that will work for everyone.  I love how God brings us to what we do need - what will work.

Failing forward.

Falling forward.

Into His magnificent arms.

Father God, Thank you for all You do to bring us closer to You.  Thank you for those who share their journeys, their tools, so that we might grow closer and closer to You.  Thank you for the peace that comes with that closeness.  Amen and amen.

(And if anyone out there is doing the 60/60  and would like someone to buddy up with, to share what you are learning and what God is doing in your life … I'm up to the challenge!)

Image: "Rainbow Falls" by Cnaene

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