I had just thrown an interception. In my opinion, throwing an interception was letting my team down. I failed to complete the pass. I failed to help my teammate Madison. She could have caught a good pass, but I threw it where she couldn’t catch it.
“Other Scott” happily grabbed it.
“Other Scott” won the game’s MVP award, but I — this Scott — let my team down. I hate when I let my team down.
Fortunately, I was not alone.
“God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” 1
“Don’t let it get you down Scott,” said my friend Hudson.
Despite my anger and frustration I remembered God’s Word and I heard Hudson’s.
I was not alone.
Three plays later I threw a pass that a teammate caught for a touchdown.
I Hate To Fail
Sometimes fear’s grip is so tight I fear failure.
Ken Davis in his book Fully Alive wrote, “Fear is the culprit that gives birth to perfectionism. Fear of failure is like a vampire that sucks the lifeblood from anyone trying to live fully alive. It’s time to pull up our big-boy pants and face the truth: we are going to fail.” 2
I’m going to fail.
You’re going to fail.
We don’t have to like it, but we’re going to fail.
Fail Quickly. Make Adjustments.
Davis explained, “When NASA sends a rocket into space, it heads toward a target hundreds of thousands of miles away. The target and the route for getting there are plotted out in great detail, a perfect trajectory to take the payload to a specific spot. What an amazing accomplishment.
I was surprised to learn that the path of that rocket is not the flawless line that was plotted in the planning room. The rocket makes mistakes during the entire journey. As the rocket begins to stray from its course, a computer identifies the error and sends a command to make a correction. The rocket makes the correction and gets back on course. The journey to its precise target is literally a series of thousands of errors and corrections, an imperfect path to a perfect target.”
Fail Quickly. Get It Over With!
Get over your mistakes — we all make them, we cannot change the past — and make some corrections.
What changes can we make in our lives?
– To help us make friends?
– To help us face our fears?
– To help us consistently plug into the power of God’s Spirit?
– To help us consistently plug into the love of God’s Spirit?
– To help us consistently plug into God’s Spirit so you can have more self-control?
1 – 2 Timothy 1:7, NCV
2 – Fully Alive by Ken Davis