"Failure is an education, not a judgement." - Donald Miller
This same friend later said that we aren't really living life until we are doing something that is scaring ourselves. That really hit me. Wow! I must just now be coming alive!
So, that last point brought me to this...how many times are we not seeing our dreams come true because we are scared to death of failing, of looking like a fool? The bravest people I know are the ones that risked it all. But risk is, oh, so scary!
We preach that we serve a great God and that we believe He has created us in His image, But how many of us will risk everything to actually believe that, to actually walk it out? Am I willing to risk everything to walk by faith? To believe that my God has created me in His image and has given me a dream, a mandate, that is bigger than myself? So big that He has to be the one to fulfill it! Isn't that the essence of walking by faith?
And if He says I am made for this thing, then if I doubt it, if I say I am not worthy of it, am I really doubting myself or Him? Whoa! Let that one set in. To doubt our value, our worth, our gifts, our talents...we aren't doubting ourselves. We are doubting Him. The One that created us.
So, I have come to the conclusion that every person that has made a mark in this world, that has made a difference, had to start-off by staring the fear of failure in the face. I use to think that you conquered the fear first and then you were able to step into your dream. I found out tonight, I mean, it finally really sank in, that all these brave people were really just very scared people. But more than anything, they were more afraid of not taking those steps to realize their passions than they were afraid of failing.
I'm sick and tired of living in limited faith (if that is even faith at all). I'm ready to embrace the awkwardness of vulnerability even if it feels like I am facing the world naked. At least, in the end, I can say that I crawled between the ropes, a fighter, and stepped into the arena.
How much are you willing to risk?
Post by Leah Rocha
Co-Founder of j2i
Leah is a wife and mom. She is married to her first love, Julian. They have three children, Jordan (19), Leslie (18), and Brookes (11). She is currently attending college at The King's University, Southlake Texas and is on course to receive her Bachelor's degree in Counseling.