2017 started with a big work failure - we missed the fourth deadline for our new campus launch. And the year ended with an embarrassing work failure - I made a major, hilarious and humiliating typo on a very public piece of publicity for our feeding of the 5,000 partnership with the local food panty (see if you can spot the typo, I recreated it in this very sentence).
Here's the thing ...
We launched our new campus on the 5th deadline, getting our certificate of occupancy with 2 hours to spare. In the last 10 months, dozens of new people have connected with God and with each other in Pittsboro. We added a second service. We had our first person get baptized. And no one but me remembers the string of failures.
As for the typo ... I'm still working my way through that.
What we do when we fail matters so much. Failure shapes our character, gives us opportunities to grow, and humbles us. Failure can make us wiser and kinder ... if we'll let it.
As I reflect on failure, here are ten quick gleanings that I've taken from the past year:
- You can't learn from failure if you re-label it, hide it, or ignore it.
- Your failures reveal your pride.
- Your failures show you your limits.
- Your failures provide opportunities to ask for help from God and friends.
- Your response to failure gives you a glimpse into your heart's maturity.
- There's a difference between failure of tactic and failure of strategy.
- Few people notice your failure as much as you do.
- Grieving over a failure can be healthy, but wallowing in it can be deadly.
- Failing doesn't make you a failure.
- Failure doesn't have to be final.
What are some things you've learned about failure in the last year?