There’s a video on YouTube of a dad recording a little boy after riding his bike for the first time. The boy is so excited he can barely get his words out to describe how he feels. His dad encourages him to share some wisdom with others and the boy proceeds to give one of the most inspiring speeches I’ve ever heard.
I don’t have any background on the video but I have a feeling that this boy had been at it for a long time. Why else would he be so excited? His perseverance finally paid off and he was a success. His dad was excited as well and was the one encouraging him to share with others. I’m sure he was there the whole time while his son continued to fall off the bike and he helped him get back on it.
Watching the result of his victory made me ask myself a question.
Does God want us to fail?
It might sound sadistic but I believe He does. Because when we fail, we have a Father that will pick us up and encourage us the whole way. His encouragement will remove the crippling power of fear in our lives.
Failure with God’s encouragement leads to perseverance, which leads to character, which leads to hope. And Romans 5:5 tells us that hope does not put us to shame.
It’s an intentional progression. The passage in Romans doesn’t say that suffering (failure) leads to hope. It leads to perseverance. You can’t jump to the end because you’ll find yourself trying to hope. And we all know, “there is no try“.
We don’t have to fear failure because it is not our identity. It is simply a step in a progression of hope. The progression comes full circle when after you have received hope, you are compelled to use it to encourage others.
Watch the video of the little boy and be inspired.
Then go do something that seems impossible.