A Safe Place to Fail

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.

Proverbs 24:16 NLT

There's something really beautiful about failure.

And yes, it's devastating and terrifying and horribly awkward when you overdraft your bank account, but God has an important purpose for it which is why I'm writing this blog post.

How about there's a fallacy inside one's soul. Fallacy meaning a wrong belief about our self and/or the world. (Yeah, who are we kidding it's usually both.)

So God knows about this internal fallacy. Of course He does, He's God.

Meanwhile, we're oblivious.

We see peekings of it here and there around our life but we don't really know it's there. Same as if we had ketchup on our face from eating waffle fries. (Thank you God for waffle fries.)

And then it happens.

A situation arises in which our internal fallacy shows up front and center.

We think reality is "x" when it's "q". We take a step based on "x" and miss "q" by a landslide faceplant on the sidewalk.

It's awkward. It happens.

Now what?

We are now sitting on the sidewalk nursing a skinned knee as our internal awareness realigns in accordance with the actual order of the universe.

Yes, we've failed. We've "missed the mark" to use the traditional definition of the word "sin."

So what's the good part? Why am I calling this a safe place to fail even with the metaphorical sidewalk faceplant and skinned knee?

Because God is bigger than your faceplant. And He is going to use this in ways you'd never, ever imagine.

Now before you trap yourself in another layer of guilt and self-condemnation, let me remind you of Scripture:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV

Fun Surprise:

God knows you're going to mess up. 

He knows this because He knows what's inside of you. 

I still look back and cringe. But I wouldn't have learned or changed if I hadn't messed up. And that's the thing:

God allows us safe places to fail,

then we learn how messed up we are inside,

and we go to Him for help,

changing us.


“You are my servant,     I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you;     be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,     I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Behold, all who are incensed against you     shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you     shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you,     but you shall not find them; those who war against you     shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God,     hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not,     I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 41:9b-13 ESV


Carry on, friend.

God is holding your hand, and the best is yet to come.