We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.Romans 5:34- NLT
I eagerly signed up for the writing challenge and committed to write a devotion every day. I announced to the group what a perfect opportunity this is to make progress on my book.
During the first week of the month-long challenge, I didn’t write any devotions, but I took my material out, refreshed my memory on where I’d left off, and re-invited Jesus to write with me. I didn’t make the progress I’d hoped, but it was a start. But at check-in after the second week, I publicly reported a word count of zero. A giant goose egg. The challenge was half over, and I’d failed to write a single devotion.
I wallowed in my failure for a day or two, ready to give up, until Scripture reminded me that there is no such thing as failure for the believer, because God uses my shortcomings to give me an opportunity to endure so I can become stronger and more confident in Him.There is no such thing as failure for the believer… Click To Tweet
God knew all along that I’d bomb the writing challenge. He also knows that I can choose to persevere. Yes, word counts are important because books only get written as you put words on the page. But what’s even more important than the word count is the journey of becoming a little more like Jesus.
Are you looking in the mirror and seeing disappointment looking back? I invite you to take your weakness to Jesus in prayer. Receive His strength and love to persevere, and grow a little closer to the hope and future He has planned for you.
Jesus, I’m feeling like a failure, but I know you’re never disappointed in me. Your Word says there is no condemnation for those who love you, so I give my disappointment to you, Lord. Please use this experience to help me learn, and grow, and become a little more like you. In your name I pray, Amen.