Thursday, July 8, 2010

Freedom to Fail?

Freedom is big around July 4th. But one freedom gets far less play than it deserves.
Freedom to Fail.
Failure has always been a bad word, but seems like its grown bigger and meaner. There's an underlying belief that if we just do all the right things, failure can be kept at bay.
Anti-bacterial hand soap, air bags, insurance, sunscreen, organic food, see-through book bags, metal detectors, on and on and on. Of course we need to manage risk, but when we manage risk to the point that it becomes our purpose?
Throughout scriptures we're told, Fear Not. I don't think God was telling us it was possible to get to a point where fear is wiped out. No, I think he knows our propensity to fear. Our innate ability to focus so much on our fear, that we miss the miracle happening right in front of us.
There is a saying, "What would you do if there was no chance of failure?"
That's the freedom I'm talking about. Freedom to move forward, make changes, live life and put fear in proper perspective.
Freedom from fear. Freedom to fail.
I'm still celebrating Freedom this week - all kinds.


Katie Turner said...

"Feel free to make mistakes." That's what my partner and I say here at Beach Project because we know in trying to have a good partnership, we will mess up and fail. But there's a lot of freedom knowing that you're a sinner and not everything you do will be a success. =)

Kay Dew Shostak said...

What a great lesson to learn this summer, Katie. It will serve you well all your life!