Failing with Hope… by JW Kaiser
Brett Barley surfs better than me, and you, and most people for that matter. Just look at his “Wave of the Winter” from 2018 or follow on Instagram. Whether at home in OBX, on the North Shore, or on a strike mission at Skeleton Bay, Brett’s surfing is world class. Except for on #FailFriday.
On Fail Friday’s, Brett uses his social media to let us see a side of his surfing that looks like most of the rest of us on a typical day at our home breaks. On Friday’s he only post edits of him not making the barrel, or the late drop or air gone wrong. It’s actually really endearing. When you watch your favorite surfer in an edit making every barrel, late drop or air, we can become numb or unappreciative to how amazing the top surfers are.
If your faith is like mine, there are ups and downs. There are days that you feel so close to God and other days your doubts and troubles take over. If you were to chart your faith it might be filled with peaks and valleys that reflect the ups and downs of a life of faith. However, God is constant in his pursuit of us. In our failing, we can still have great hope! God is not done with us yet and our Heavenly Father will use our failings and troubles to shape our lives for His glory!
“We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:14-18 NLT