Build Church: 5 Ways Failing Can Actually Benefit Us

It could be argued that we live in a world driven by the need to succeed and to do so at any cost (sometimes). The danger comes for us in building church when such a culture begins to influence our attitude towards what we are doing.

We may become more task focused and less people focused.
We may become all about ‘what’ and forget the ‘why’ behind all we are doing.
We may become overly critical of the small stuff losing sight of the bigger picture.

Such behaviours can change the culture from one faith to one of fear, especially one where people become fearful of not attaining to the right level of success and therefore they withdraw from what it is God is calling them  to do.

Failure is important when it comes to building church for the following reasons:

We learn what works and what doesn’t work. It’s pretty obvious but it means we can then make any necessary changes.

We are actually trying something new or different. The easiest way to not fail is to not do anything new or different.

Shows us as inclusive not exclusive. If the drive for excellence makes people feel like they can only be part of the church by getting everything right every time, we have by default created a very exclusive culture.

Helps encourage creative thinking. Once we know the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ the ‘how’ can be imagined in so many different ways. Especially when we know failing at the idea isn’t the end.

Reminds us how much we need to be asking God for some help. God doesn’t think like us. We may have the plan and the dreams but we have to allow God to ordain the steps. Without failing we often don’t learn.

What is the best thing you have learned when you have failed at something?

God Knows & God Hears

I can remember climbing Helvellyn. You start out full of energy, you climb the first part excited that you are on the way. The summit can’t be far now. Yet it is. In fact I can’t even see it. 

Tiredness begins to creep in. Walking across striding edge now I can see the summit, what I long to reach is before me. But my legs are aching, I am tired, my breathing is laboured, I am sighing from exhaustion. 

You look, you wait, you rest, you feel overwhelmed, unsure if you can continue.   I know for me walking and climbing that last but was hard work but I kept going and made it to the top. 

Perhaps life can be like this at times too. 

We see where we want to go but it still seems so far off. We get tired, exhausted even, unsure if we will make it through. 

  • What are you hoping in God for?
  • What burden are you carrying?
  • What is weighing heavy on you today?

Don’t know about you but right now I am waiting on God for some breakthroughs, some things to change. I am hopeful, looking ahead to a preferred future, exercising my faith, trusting and expectant for a good outcome. I am determined to not allow the enemy, circumstances or thoughts to defeat me. 

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭38:9‬ ‭ESV

“But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭38:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The Word of God is so full of encouragement. Like the people around me when I was climbing kept telling me to keep going, so God is always with me. 

I am so glad God sees what I long for, that the sigh of my heart is not hidden from Him. 

I am so glad that as I wait on God, it is Him who will answer.

I am so glad that He will not let anything defeat me and that my future in Him is safe and secure. 

I just need to keep on walking. I pray that you would be able to do the same.