Seth Barnes wrote about failure yesterday in an honest, humble, and profound post. After writing about some recent personal and family struggles and failures, he writes:
"Failure is God’s tool to deconstruct our
ego. Our egos guard the periphery of our inner lives, preventing us
from taking anything more than a passing glance towards the care of our
"Looking inward, we see the tell-tale signs of selfishness and
brokenness it has produced. We’re forced to reconcile the idealized
ego-interpreted version of ourselves with the reality of motives and
actions that are self-serving.
"Failure is a big reality check. It tells me, ‘I’m not really in
control here. In fact, I need more help then I realized.’ Failure
forces us back to the posture of dependence – dependence on God and on
others. It gives us the perspective of thankfulness for small
blessings. It makes us more accessible to others and therefore more
loveable. It strips away pretense and leads us along the difficult
inner path to self-knowledge which so few dare to tread in this age of
distraction and glossy self promotion.