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don’t FAIL

December 10, 2008

I’ve learned recently that it’s one thing to “fail” and quite another to “FAIL”.  If you “fail” (not in ALL-CAPS), it’s no biggie.  Everyone fails.  I tried to do 1,000 push-ups and only made it to 999.  That’s “failing”.  These, however, are examples of a FAIL…


FAILing is when what you’re doing contradicts what you’re saying… like hanging a sign from a pole that says not to hang things on that pole.  Or like using a display full of pretzels to tell people you don’t have any pretzels.  Or like preaching and talking about mission every week and not living  and giving it.  Or like proclaiming to be saved by grace only and refusing to forgive.

Honestly, I don’t care if we fail sometimes.  If we’re not failing sometimes, we’re probably not trying hard enough and taking enough risks.  I just never want The Bridge to FAIL.

I was reminded today of how many eyes are watching The Bridge.  Our blog gets between 400-500 hits/week, on any given Sunday there are new families checking out our worship gathering, more than 300 people receive our Enews every week, and our friends, family, and neighbors are asking. WIN.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2008 11:16 am

    Is it failing or FAILING when we know the Word but don’t do it? Is it failng or FAILING when we say we love Jesus but say we don’t love His church and prove it by not getting involved with other believers? Is it failing or FAILING if we become more invested in our investments than those who have no financial investments at all?

    These are random questions that came to mind when I read your blog this morning?

  2. josh permalink
    December 11, 2008 12:16 pm

    @Dad I think that’s a resounding YES TO ALL. I’m guilty of all of them and I’m sure those FAILures have hindered the church’s mission in the past. I just don’t want my actions to hinder her future.

  3. December 11, 2008 12:22 pm

    Right on, Grandpastor Rick! It’s been mentioned on this blog that we miss opportunities to have gospel centered conversations with our neighbors because we fear failure (I’m guilty too!), but if you look at it this way, we’re FAILing, when we neglect to carry out these type of conversations. We should not be able to help but speak about the things we have seen and heard!

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