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Embracing Failure

Embracing Failure

By:  Justin Fatica November 16, 2020
#AmazingNation, #Encouragement, #Failure, #YouMatter

Every one of us looks for fulfillment in life. We all want to find our way in the world, and find what makes us tick, keeps ourselves happy and living life to its fullest potential. I think this is especially true in a work setting, and that’s where we can get most distracted and discouraged when priorities aren’t straight. There are three things that I have found key to living a fulfilled life: Being, Doing, and Failure – in that order, they are essential to the process of fulfillment.

1. Your Being
Care about your being first. Your being is the center of who you are and what you do. It’s your identity. Every day, before doing anything else, we need to be filled up in our “being”. This is done through prayer and being filled up by God the Father. Some ways to work on keeping your “being” as the primary center and focus, is to go to prayer daily and ask the following questions: “Who am I in your eyes?”, “What do you think of me, God?”, and “How do you want me to serve today?”. Turn the term “self-care” into something even better, “God-care”! Focus on your being coming from your daily “God-care”.

2. Your Doing 
Your “doing” is what you do every day in your work and your day-to-day life. It is what you do in carrying out your state in life. When you lack the first step of being, your doing will be insufficient. It will be unpeaceful, restless and never will be enough. Some people start their day by going right to "doing". We cannot find fulfillment through the doing, unless it stems straight from the heart of our being. Give it a shot for a few days, fill up your being, and see the difference in your doing!

3. Your Failure
Fulfillment comes through handling failure properly. This ties directly into “being” and “doing”. If your being and doing are out of place, failure will exhaust you. Every time you fail in your doing, if you aren’t caring for your being, you will feel discouraged and unmotivated, and each failure will destroy your peace. Believe it or not, if you’re being is most important, then your failure will re-energize you. It will be something you can praise God for, take to prayer, and thank Him for the lessons learned. Failure doesn’t change your identity or how God sees you. In fact, it leaves more room for His Grace. You will destroy your being if you are failing and only focused on doing. When your being is ordered, your doing will be at 100%, even if there are failures.
Take some time to reflect today on your being. Ask God these questions...
“What's my why?”
“How can I serve?”
“Who am I in your eyes?”

If our being is not in order, we look for ways to blame, we look for something to put failure into. We tend to look at the things that are not the issue, or ways to prove ourselves right. Humility is found in our being with God. You will never ever be “good enough”, and you will never be enough in your own mind or standards. When we lack being, we lack humility to see our need, and we are limited by ourselves. There is something called GRACE - this is what fulfills our need. This grace is what makes us enough. With grace there are no limits!

Photo Credits:
"work" by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Soaring Back Home" by Trey Ratcliff is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


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