Forgiveness and failure
By: Keith Stevens
They say we learn from failure, not success. But what do we do when we have an “epic” failure? We talked about this on the air and realized that we have all made an “epic fail” at least once in life! I liked the grace that was shown on the night of the Oscars in light of the error of the Best Picture being awarded to the wrong film.
We are so hard on ourselves; we need to allow for an epic fail from time to time, and realize that we are feet of clay, all human, and make mistakes (sometimes even epic mistakes). I remember taking our family on a vacation and doing a house rental at the beach. It was to be our summer week vacation that we had planned and waited for all year. After arriving at our destination, I realized that I had forgotten the “security code” to the house. I wrote it down at home but did not bring it with me. So, here we are at midnight, exhausted, all six of us with suitcases, arrived at the rental beach house, and no passcode. I kept guessing and guessing, pressing in all the wrong numbers. I pressed it so many times that the alarm sounded and the security guards came. The owner was away out of the country for the entire week and unreachable. We spent our week at Motel 6. Epic Fail on all levels- as a Dad and Husband. No refund, and no rental house. My Bad. Epic Fail.
Ryan called with an epic fail too. No matter your epic fail, there is always grace and forgiveness from our Lord.
It was human error! That’s all it was, a minor mistake that turned out o be an epic fail when the announcers announced the wrong movie for Picture of the Year- how could this have happened?? I feel so bad! I tell ya, I feel so bad for the person who handed the wrong envelope, because haven’t you and I had mishaps and failures, but also a couple epic fails in our own life? Man we have got to forgive ourselves! A friend of mine says that you have to have at least two epic fails a year!
Hi Keith, it’s Ryan! My epic fail would have to be this year, I forgot my wife’s birthday. Not that I forgot the date, but it was such a hectic time that it was one of those weeks where you forget what day it is. I was on the phone with her and she asked, so you know what day it is? And I said, well it’s Wednesday, and she said ya it’s Wednesday, you know when my birthday is? And I said yes it’s the 13th! And she asked again, so you know what day it is? And I realized it was the 13th!
Oh no, Ryan! So how did you get past that?
It still comes up as you can imagine, but I did my best on Valentines Day and actually went out and bought some little gifts and hid them around the house the Saturday before Valentines Day. I hid them with flowers, so I put some in the fridge for when she made her coffee in the morning, and some in the cupboard. So come Valentines Day she thought I was out looking at a job when I was really outside her work with some flowers and I bought her lunch. I’m making this year the year where I gush over my wife – and then some!
And then some! Oh goodness, Ryan. Well epic fail, we all can relate. I think you’re making her feel wanted and loved and she sounds like a very special gal.
Thank you very much! Nicole, you are my best friend, you are the light of my life, and I couldn’t do any of this without you. There isn’t a journey here or in the afterlife that I would want to do with anyone else. I love you and I will not forget your birthday again!
And now say please forgive me!
And please please please forgive me!