I fail every day at something - and some days, multiple things. I fail as a photographer by choosing the wrong camera setting for a photograph (often). I fail as a friend by not realizing until later when someone is trying to talk about something deeper than what's on the surface (at least once a week). And I fail as a mother almost everyday. Just tonight, I ran out of compassion for my children after their constant complaining all day and finally told them, "Go to bed. I'm done."
It crushes me when I really think about it. But I know this - I can learn much more from failure than from success. Failure gives me the time, the humility, the honesty, and the motivation to analyze the problem in order to change it. In the end, it shows me that I need God.
This year, I'm reading straight through the Bible, and no one fails more than God's own people. But God never abandons them. In the midst of their failure, this was written -
"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Personally, I'm looking forward to a new morning...