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Patrick Kelley: Fear of Failure

July 11, 2011

Psalm 25.3: No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame. That’s what I feared. Shame. (Shame is powerful) I couldn’t fail. My self-esteem couldn’t handle it. We had no place to go, no definite plans, no definite timetable, but my wife was moving. I told my wife, ‘This is going to fail, but here’s our prayer. Let’s fail following God. If we crash and burn, let’s make the biggest crater we could possibly make…Lord let us fail quickly.” I didn’t have 2-3 yrs of emotional energy to spend on this. I prayed “Let us fail quickly.” Someone told me – find a hill you’re willing to die on, and charge the hill. I wanted to charge the hill, even though I knew we’d probably die charging the hill. There was no plan B, without Jesus we were dead. God calls us to go “all in”. God, w/out you I will never succeed, I’ll never make it. The game changer for me was that I no longer had to succeed. I chose faithfulness over effectiveness. I didn’t have to succeed to be all God wanted me to be. When you go all in with God, God shows up just in the nick of time. I realized I’m addicted to success. Psalm 25 Show me your ways Oh Lord. Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and in you I will trust all day long. Where is faith in your ministry?

Discussion Questions:
1. Where is faith in your ministry? Illustrate.
2. “Even though God wasn’t promising success, failure wasn’t so bad.” How can this statement make a difference in your life?

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