Failing For Your Dream

September 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

failing for your dream

Failing is good for your dream.

It teaches us what not to do.
Gives us insight into our shortcomings.
Shows us where we need help.
Pushes us to try harder.
Refines our plans.
Smooths down our rough edges.
Teaches us to be humble.
Forces us to try again.
Gets all the bad ideas out of the way.
Makes us find others to join us in our dream.

Failing is often the only path to achieving your dream.

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Failed, Not Failure

September 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Failing is a part of life.

If you’re going to pursue a dream, if you’re trying to change the world, if you’re starting a business, if you’re attempting to be a different kind of teacher, no matter what you may be attempting, the truth remains: at some point, you will fail.

And that’s not a bad thing.

Failing goes hand-in-hand with pursuing greatness.

The trouble arises, not when we fail, but when we make failure our identity.

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The Gift of Failing

September 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Over the last twelve years, I’ve had the privilege of raising up a number of leaders.

Student leaders.
Staff leaders.
Volunteer leaders.
Mission trip leaders.
Youth group leaders.

In that time, there’s one thing that never gets any easier.

Letting them fail.

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stand for

As Christians, we’re often known for what we’re against. When you identity as a Christian, the majority of people immediately assume you are against:

  • Gay people
  • Women who have abortions
  • People of other religions
  • People who have no religion
  • People who don’t have their act together
  • Democrats and Liberals
  • Sex before marriage
  • Drunkenness
  • Having fun
  • Sleeping in on a Sunday

True or not, that is how most Christians are seen.

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Dare Greatly

August 28, 2014 — 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, I ran across a quote from Theodore Roosevelt in the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (I highly recommend you read this book!) that has been stuck in my head:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…

Whenever you do something great with your life – whether that be start a business or ministry, choose to live a life of love, decide to raise your kids in a way that goes against the mainstream, lead a church, pursue a dream – whatever that greatness is for you, know this:

Critics will arise.

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