The biggest leap in leadership for me was learning to trust God with my failures. Becoming a Christ follower or even accepting a leadership position does not make us perfect. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Scripture is full of references to the expectation that we are to continue to grow, mature, be built together, and to work out our salvation. My experience tells me that we seldom have growth spurts when we attempt to grow alone or behind a mask of perfectionism.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned from being willing to risk failure.
- I see God’s power made perfect in my weakness
- I learn to recognize God’s voice – sometimes because it wasn’t him speaking
- Others see their value in the team effort
- I’m not stressed over the end results or others perceptions of a project
- I generally learn a lot more from failure than I do from success
- People offer feedback on what they don’t like a lot easier than what they do like and feedback is very helpful in getting to know people
- Failure keeps me humble
All of these things help me to stay focused on God’s sovereignty. When I recognize how much greater he is and how dependent I am on him, that is when I learn to trust him to pick me up and help me to stand again. Each time I trust him, I grow in my ability to trust him with bigger things.
I’d like to walk on water someday. And I think I might be getting closer to that experience with him.
Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Philippians 3:16