Throwing Away our Failures
Our church has a Sunday evening worship service called Blueprint Worship. In it, we explore different kinds of worship. One night last year, during Advent, we had prayer stations.
At each station, there was a different activity - different prayers, different thoughts to consider. One of them was a nativity scene. We were asked to read the nativity scriptures, contemplate the nativity scene, and then use scissors, pens/crayons and paper to craft ourselves and place ourselves in the scene.
My first crafty attempt didn't go so well, so I did it over. After I finished, I gathered my scraps of paper, and headed to find a trash can. I passed our associate pastor and said, "These are my failures. I'm going to go throw them away." I meant it as a joke, but God struck me with how profound the sentence was.
These are my failures; I'm throwing them away.
We should do what I did with paper and scissors that night. See our failures. Learn from them. And then throw them away in God's grace.