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Fail Constructively

1st Corinthians 1:18-31

Since I was a little kid I always felt like it was my job to succeed. I wasn’t happy unless I got top grades. I needed to be involved in as many things as possible, and be good at them. I even remember being in elementary school and crying to my mother how I couldn’t finish a book I had chosen, because it was just too hard. She had to explain to me that it was alright for me not to finish the book- that it didn’t make me a failure. It was written for high school students anyway.

So, when I first heard about this faith practice, I was a little nervous. How could failing be good? Was I supposed to fail? How could I find anything good in that dreaded word “fail”?

What I have since gotten out of this practice is a central part to my faith. While I don’t always like to say that there is a “divine plan”, I do realize and believe that God works for good to come out of every situation. And that situation can even be failing. Failing on a test can show you that maybe your studying habits aren’t what they should be, or maybe the major you’re pursuing isn’t where your talents are best suited; going through that may give you a better future career. Failing in a relationship can show you what you truly need in a partner, or how you can better care for others, which makes your future relationships that much better. Failing an audition or a tryout can open up your time for God to fill it with other things – things that may become life long passions.

What I’m trying to say is that failure isn’t an end – it’s a beginning. It’s a chance for God to lead you in new and better directions if you allow it. Failure isn’t a time to wallow in self-pity or blame circumstances, it’s a time to pray and listen. A time to see where you can grow and go, into a future that is brighter and more God-filled. Let failure make you more attuned to yourself, the world around you, and God. Fail constructively.

–Jamie Hochmuth

4 Responses to “Fail Constructively”

  1. Wonderful job Jamie!

  2. Words to live by!

  3. “failure isn’t an end – it’s a beginning”. You’re damn right! The only person who never failed is the one who never tried anyway.

  4. You hit the nail on the head when you stated, “failure isn’t an end – it’s a beginning”. You’ve made me realize that sometimes one needs to sit back, evaluate, and determine what is best for them selves.

    Thank you for this amazing post. Will be looking forward to your next post.

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