Not a word we like to often hear or live out, but it inevitably comes into our lives.
I'm going to be very transparent and tell you about a certain aspect of my life. Today I took the road test to achieve my driver's license... I failed. Yes, I don't like to admit this, being of an age when society looks down on you if you are not a licensed driver, yet I failed. Not greatly or dramatically with a grand story of epic failure -- just a simple, "You have failed your driver's test; come back when you feel ready to take it again."
I know this is not the end of the world. This is not the first time failure and I have crossed paths. I'm confident that the Lord will let me pass in His timing, but even with this knowledge, the looming word casts its shadow in the hopes of darkening my outlook.
Are you going through any failures during this season of your life? Did you not pass your exam, let a friend down, burn your casserole, or not advance in your piano division? You're not alone, and it's going to be alright. Find strength in admitting failure to the people who love you and move forward with the lessons you learned from your failure.
It's not fun... but you WILL grow in Christ, and doesn't that make failing sweet?