Success is the hardest test because our hunger becomes satisfied. It can be easy to put it on cruise control and to stop driving for more. When we fail, we are still hungry. And that hunger is a driving factor to push us to keep pressing on.
Failure Keeps You Going
There are 1000 ways not to make a lightbulb. And Thomas Edison tried all of them. We need to remember the battle is not ours, it is the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15). We need to remember that everyone is lame in some way. Instead of wondering what other people think, we can use the self-imposed shame of failure to push us to get out and enjoy our life.
No More Self-Sabotaging
If God doesn’t play favorites (Acts 10:34) and he says Jesus sits at his right hand (1 Peter 3:22), then we sit there too. Be confident in that. Mephibosheth, in 2 Samuel 9, probably loved being at the table because it was the one time he felt normal. He could sit up, hide his lameness, and be on everyone else’s level. We need to allow others to lift us up to feel normal and we need to let people love us where we are right now.
You Don’t Have To Hide Your Lameness To Get Fetched
God sent David to bring Mephibosheth out of those circumstances. Mephibosheth didn’t have to get fixed before he was fetched. If you’re hiding, it keeps you from intimacy (in-to-me-see) and the support that God wants to provide through others. Drag your lame self to the table and receive the love and healing he has for you.
Let God take vengeance on those who would make fun of you or hurt you (Romans 12:19). Life is flying by, don’t be that person that looks back at an unlived life. I met a man with no arms or legs who has made the most of what is different about himself and turned it into inspiration for others. God has called you to use your gifts (1 Peter 4:10). Use what’s different about you to drive you to live the life that’s in you to live!