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January 27, 2014
Even the way the word sounds, just feels harsh, ya know?
Like you’re unworthy or something.
Well, as I continue to grow older and am faced with more responsibilities and inevitably more failures, I have realized something:
Doubt is far more dangerous than failure.
Maybe I don’t speak for you, as all I have to go off of are my own personal experiences, but truly I believe that with my whole heart.
You see, people often associate the two together as they both tend to have a negative connotation.
But the two couldn’t be more different from eachother if they tried.
Failure originates in the belief that you can do something so you give it a try, even though things don’t work out as you thought they might.
Doubt originates in the belief that you can’t do it, you aren’t worthy or you’re just not good enough.
Failure occurs when you attempt to do something and you miss your mark or don’t reach your goal.
Doubt occurs and keeps you from ever trying to reach your goal, therefore not even allowing you to experience the possibilities.
Failure is just a way that you learn how not to do something.
Doubt prevents you from ever moving your feet.
Failure is ignited by a hopeful spirit, for if you were not hopeful, you wouldn’t have ever jumped in order to fall.
Doubt is ignited by fear and fear crushes a hopeful spirit.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Ultimately, I think failure is a great thing to be honest.
Do I hope that I fail when I start to run after a goal?
Well I am not on crazy pills so the answer is no, however, I do know that falling down is far more of a victory than pulling out of the race.
It’s like a little bug that plants a negative thought in your mind and whispers it to you hoping that you listen.
Because when you start to listen, you start to water.
And when you water, what happens?
So eventually, that one negative thought has become a negative web of thoughts which produces a negative mindset and tells you that your goals are too high, your aspirations are crazy and your worth is just not up to par.
And the crazy thing is, doubt has absolutely no room to stand on.
It’s not like it starts from a rational thought or is rooted in truth: it is founded on FEAR!!!
Fear of failure.
See, it’s a catch 22.
If you doubt you will succeed, you don’t try.
But if you try, there is a chance you might fail.
Here’s the kicker: The chance of you failing is a far, far, far less risk than you never taking the leap to begin with.
Because the thing about failure is that you can get back up.
And you can try again.
And you can become a better person, a stronger person, a wiser person from learning from your mistakes.
But when you step away from the plate, you doubt your abilities and you never even swing the bat!
Well, there’s not much to take away from that.
That’s a life that is going to be quite boring and tough to write about.
Don’t let Satan kid you: Failing at a few things doesn’t mean YOU are a failure.
It means you are succeeding at taking a leap of faith and trusting God with the results AND the restoration if you fall!
Failure hurts but doubt kills.
Don’t water that seed.
Remember whose you are and you will know who you are- a child of the King who is worthy of hitting a homerun.
But in order to do so, you must first get up to bat and you must learn how to strike out like a boss.
Learn from the failures.
That’s how you figure out your sweet spot anyway.
For real though, praying we all say peace out to doubt today- you CAN do it.
And even if you fail, you have learned.
And that is WAY, WAY, WAY better than not ever trying.
One of my favorite quotes: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -Suzy Kassem
Because failure chases a dream, doubt watches it float by.
Believe in it, chase it, reach for it, fall for it…and then get back up for it again.
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” -Romans 5:3-5
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