Failure, Perfection, Creativity & Time


Do you ever feel like a failure? I have one area in particular that I feel like a failure. For the most part I feel like a pretty good Momma. Oh sure, I have days where I feel like my kids may never learn a new skill and seem to have endless amounts of energy directed at plans that are more than slightly mischievous. I feel like I am a good wife, but again, there are days where I worry that I have let Dave down but on the whole I feel like I am succeeding in these areas.

When it comes to my weight I feel like a total failure. I have tried and failed so many times. With so many failures it is easy to become some what disillusioned, to lose hope and motivation and possible resign oneself to giving up.

I think if we are all honest with ourselves we all have areas of our lives where we feel like we are failing. For some it could be finances, parenting, honesty, wasting time or addiction. The list could go on and on. Maybe there is more then one thing that we are struggling with.

We live in a time that everything needs to be immediate. We have instant messaging, fast food and don’t pay a cent events. If we don’t see results right away than we become discouraged.

This got me thinking…

I know here in this life that perfection is something that we can strive for but we will never completely achieve, but with work and faith we can come close. Look at the Sistine Chapel or listen to Handel’s Messiah, oh I could go on naming master pieces, but you get the point.

Do you think they had failures? I think they did, but they had passion and they worked at it and didn’t give up. Do we pour ourselves into anything like that? Or do we waste time with the excuse that we need time to unwind.

I googled average hours of T. V. consumption and came up with 4 hours a day is what the average person watches. Some simple math…

4 x 365 = 1460
1460 / 24 = 60.83333333

That is 2 months a year spent watching T.V. !!!!!

That doesn’t include time spent surfing, texting, or gaming which apparently are on the rise!

So what if we spent that time on something creative? What if we spent that time with the creator of all things?

As I prayed about feeling like a failure and desperately wanting to see change happen in my life various verses came to mind.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

1 Corinthians 1:25
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Matthew 11:30
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Job 42:2
I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

These verses helped me to remember that nothing is impossible with God, even the areas where we feel like we are failing He can change. There are countless examples of people in the Bible that were completely changed by God. There is hope. In my weakness He is strong, nothing is impossible.

I am toying with this idea of what would my life look like if I were to cut out the time wasters in my life (and nobody think for a minute I am referring to my kids, they are a blessing and time well spent!) and spent my time with The Creator, my family and on creative activities. What if I took one year….

Still thinking on this perhaps there will be a challenge issued in days to come….

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