The Beauty of Failure

Why talk about failing?  Three reasons courtesty of Seth Godin….

  1. Because success is easier to deal with and you’re probably doing fine with that.
  2. Because your narrative about failing is keeping you from succeeding.
  3. Because you will have far more chances to fail than you know what to do with.
And failure is the Christian narrative.  Chrisitanity is as downward story, a story of willing descent and failure.  And a story of an ultimate redemption that reclaims the whole.
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One idea, one way to hold that bigger picture… Peter Gomes, the former Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School, tellingly wrote that the beauty of Christianity is that we can be more than our biography.  We have our identity, made in God’s image and likeness, and we have our biography, our life circumstances, our external life.  Who we are vs. what we do. Our soul vs. our resumé.
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And our care tends to lean towards biography instead of identity.
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That is why Christianity in a sense can be so revolutionary as we lean instead away from biography to identity.  A Copernican shift of center.  And a shift that ALWAYS entails a blessed beauty – the blessed beauty of failure.  As one author phrased it, a “living witness to a simple life on the edge of the dominant consciousness.”
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Failure then?  The joyous path to being more than our biography.
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