I love my football and follow one of the Adelaide teams. Oops! Neither team did very well.
Newspapers screamed – ‘Under-performers’, ‘What a disaster’, Missed opportunity’, ‘Need a review’, ‘Very average’!
And then the blame begins – ‘The recruits didn’t perform’, ‘The camp was a disaster’, ‘Bad training caused injuries’!
Do we hear some of this failure/blame cycle in our own learning communities? We hear ‘The students are under performing’, ‘NAPLAN is ineffective’, ‘There should be stricter testing’, ‘Teachers are ineffective’!
What is failure???
Most likely our goal in life is not to fail. Failure isn’t something that is rewarded in society. But how does God regard failure? What is an under performer in his eyes? How does he react to this?
The good thing to know about failure is that everyone experiences it. One of the best stories in the Bible about failure is the story of Moses. Moses knew that God had an awesome plan for his life, and he got a little too excited about it. In his excitement, he ended up killing another man. He failed big time. The great thing about Moses though was that he did recover from his failure. He was able to accomplish the plan that God had for him and his life. He was able to walk away from a huge failure and step into the awesome things that God had for him.
Moses didn’t stop trying!
And we keep trying! We mightn’t fail as spectacularly as Moses, but we will stumble, we will blame, we will question. If God lives in relationship with us, and we in him, this changes our thinking big time! God will never be cross with us for ‘failing’ and getting up again and trying. God’s plan, in God’s time, with God’s people always produces fruit!
‘Lutheran schools and early childhood services are communities of hope, nurtured by the promises of God’s word, love and forgiveness which empower staff and students to embrace the future with confidence.’ Growing Deep Leadership and Formation Framework, Lutheran Education Australia