If you were with me back at Jesus and Jaxy World, you may remember that my first blog began as a Lenten discipline — my commitment was to blog each weekday during Lent. The blog continued, following the seasons of the liturgical calendar, for several years.
It migrated over to Word Press this year… But when I broke my shoulder last summer, writing became more difficult — everything became more difficult — and so, no blogging for a while. My thought was, I would start again for Lent, 2015. My other Lenten ideas were to give something up and also take in an extra church service every week.
None of it happened. And I don’t have a broken shoulder to blame it on. I was just too busy..
I was apologizing to Jesus about this… Here it is Holy Week, and although I feel so very close to Him — and have continued in my precious and beloved quiet time with Him — I didn’t do what I planned… It was, for Lent, an epic fail.
But you know what He says about that? He says something like this…
Epic failure is the path to glory. Tomorrow when you survey the wondrous Cross, think of the beaten and dying man who hangs there, seemingly rejected by both heaven and earth. Whatever he was trying to do, he totally screwed it up. His enemies will be dancing on his grave at sundown. His life, which showed so much promise, ended in horrifying tragedy. If this was God’s plan to save the world, it looks for all the world like the most epic fail.
Don’t regret your epic failures. Remember: whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will save it. Remember, the last shall be first — and the first last. Grace turns everything upside down. Your plan for Lent may have been to break a bad habit, attend more religious services, start blogging again… But my plan was an even better one — to show you that there is nothing you can do to screw this up. Even an epic failure becomes a win.
Good Friday doesn’t tell the tale. Resurrection Sunday does. The only way to resurrection is through death. The only way to victory is apparently through epic failure.