Thus spake Yoda, and Yoda is never wrong. Right?
Well, except when he thought he could stomp Darth Sidious in Revenge Of The Sith, but that was a lousy movie, the worst in the franchise, so we'll ignore it. Yeah?
Ah, yes. Back to failure.
As in, I'm a failure.
Most of the things I really, really wanted to do, the things at which I wanted to succeed...they just didn't pan out. My life is littered with unfinished plans, unmet expectations, and unfulfilled potential (well, I think the potential was there!).
Sure, you can put a different spin on it, saying that failure in one area ensured success elsewhere, and in some things this is true. I saved a lot of dogs, and I'm proud of that.
But at the other stuff, I failed, and, well, that's OK.
It's not OK because "God loves me in my weakness", or "I did my best", or "The odds were just too high and I did well achieving what I did".
Like Yoda said, failure is a teacher, and I'm becoming convinced that handing these hard learnings into Jesus' Hands are what makes us fit citizens for Heaven.
He redeems even the failures that we become.
I don't think I'll enter through the Pearly Gates. I think that St. Peter will say, "Ummm...look, there's a side door, around that corner...you may be more comfortable using that."
And at that door will be just about everyone. While waiting for the line to thin, we'll exchange embarrassed glances, then Hellos, then stories...and then laughter.
We'll share what we learned, and carry that onto the Streets of Gold...as a community.
And Peter will have snuck around from the Pearlies to our door, and he'll be waiting with a high-five.
For wasn't he the first Christian screw-up, denying Jesus three times in one night?
Even I can't match that.
Music from R.E.M with It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), choreographed to a role-playing video game called Final Fantasy, of which I know nothing...but it's kinda cool, and I hope you'll watch.,
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.
Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.