Today's message at church was on "Fear of Failure".
We all experience failure.
Everyone is a failure - we all fail.
We can learn from our experiences - true failure is not trying.
The message this morning mentioned the "Christmas Letter". You know the one...the bragging about how "the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average". I don't want to send that message. I want to be real, authentic, approachable.
So, let me assure you....I have failed. I've made mistakes, and I still do. My marriage isn't perfect (find me one that is!!), my kids aren't perfect (but I love them). My family of origin isn't perfect. But, I'm learning from my failures and mistakes, and I'm pretty sure the rest of the family is too. I won't bore you with our family history of failure. However, I will introduce you to my imperfect family!
This looks so perfect doesn't it? (You'd never know I was mad at him earlier that day)
The children who gave us gray hair and keep us up at night (with concern) . . .
My mom . . .
Me with my sisters. No boys. Just us 4 girls.
Me with my sisters, cousins, aunt and mom . . . (again, no boys, just us girls)
Let's keep it real folks. I'll try, you try. Others can learn from our failures as much as we can. Maybe we should ask others to speak into our lives ... to give more feedback, advice, gentle nudging. Let's learn from each other!