What would you change if you knew you couldn’t fail? If you knew that you were more than a conqueror. If you knew there was a battle ahead with pain and tough times, but that you and your fellow army already obtained victory in the end. Because that is the ending in the bible for those who truly love the Lord and follow His will for their lives.
The entirety of my purpose and goal on this earth is based solely on hearing “well done good and faithful servant” when I get to Heaven.
Can you imagine what that will be like? Knowing God is proud of you. Knowing you accomplished what God put you on this very planet to do. Knowing you didn’t live your life based on society’s opinions of you, but solely on what God said about you in His Word.
It can be weight-bearing to try and live up to what this world considers perfect and popular. Society tells us we have to be the prettiest, the fittest, and the happiest. It makes us think that if we have it all together on the outside, then we are doing it right.
I know people who look like they have a perfect life on social media when really they hold secrets and pain they can hardly bare. Their marriage isn’t perfect, they don’t feel confident all the time, they aren’t the perfect parent, and they are behind on their bills. They gossip, lie, cry in secret, and mess up just like we do.
How would the world be different if we were real and messy, or just honest about what we go through? You see, we are all humans and we are all made in the image of God; which means we are alike in more ways than we realize.
The devil will try and convince you that everyone else has it together with a perfect life, but that isn’t reality, my friends.
You know one of the things I love in a pastor? When they are honest about not being perfect. That is so inspiring to me because it makes me realize I can be used by Jesus with my past and mistakes too.
The Lord tells us that the world will know Him by the word of our testimony. And our testimony comes by going through some tests. We see others experiencing success, freedom from their past chains, and so much joy. But have we ever asked them what it took to get to that place of peace in their life? It’s full of heartache, disappointments, failures, joy, laughter, hope, and a love that surpasses all understanding.
We have to fail forward. We HAVE to deny our flesh daily. It is crucial to our walk and success for the Kingdom.
Let your failures be your fuel. Every time you get hurt, get back up and fight back with even more thankfulness and love. I’ve been at rock bottom, felt hopeless, and wondered where God was; but the entire time He was working.
Cry it out, scream, laugh, whatever you have to do but get right back up and fight even harder. Forgive yourself and others. You are a WARRIOR. You are enough for God.
Falling down isn’t the end of the story… it’s what you do next that determines the ending.
Hannah Smith, author of the Moving Mountains blog, is a woman who feels she has experienced a lot of life in her 30 years.
At 19 years old, Hannah joined the Army. After moving around the country, getting a divorce and losing what seemed like everything, she landed back where God wanted her in Ohio, even though she fought the whole way. She is now in charge of the prayer team at her church and seeks the Lord with all she’s got.
Hannah is married and a RN, but works as a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Isabella, and her son, Grayson.
She loves to hike, travel, drink coffee, and talk about Jesus. Hannah also has a heart to create a home and life in which she can be a safe place for the hurting and the broken.
To her readers, Hannah says, “I believe that God set every single one of you reading this apart, for such a time as this. It is my hope and prayer that God would use the words I say to change your life in a way you and I never thought possible!”