Fail forward

January 20th, 2016

Imagine winning at something you worked hard for and dreamed of your entire life. Then, minutes later, learning a mistake was made and you are not the winner after all. This is what happened last month to Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Columbia, at the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. Steve Harvey, the host of the Miss Universe pageant, wrongly declared Miss Colombia the winner. Minutes later, he came back on stage and admitted he made a mistake, announcing that Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the Philippines, was the winner. Confused and stunned, Miss Philippines walked to the front of the stage where the crown was removed from Miss Colombia and placed on Miss Philippines’ head. This embarrassing mistake played out center stage in front of the whole world.

We all make mistakes

Perhaps we haven’t had an international spotlight shined upon us during a time we messed up, like Steve Harvey; but we all know what it is like to make a mistake. Dealing with failure and embarrassment is part of being human. It’s tough to admit that we are flawed, since we are constantly trying to prove we are worthy of love. Yet, when it comes to God’s love, we have nothing to prove because God loves us even in our brokenness.

True poise and grace

Even though Miss Universe pageants are expected to demonstrate the the highest examples of poise and grace, God is the only one who portrays perfect poise and grace. Trusting in a perfect God doesn’t mean we won’t fail, but it does mean Christ can redeem our screwups and use them for good. Several people in the Bible made huge mistakes, yet God still used them to accomplish God’s plan. What about Moses, and David, and Peter? And the list goes on. It is important to admit our imperfections; they remind us how much we need God’s grace. Failure shouldn’t be feared but embraced as an humbling opportunity to grow in our faith. It is through our failure we experience the depth of Christ’s redeeming love.

Question of the day: What is your biggest fail and/or most embarrassing moment?
Focal Scriptures: Romans 3:21-26; Judges 16:26-31; Hebrews 12:3; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10


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