Acknowledge Your Failures to Find the Flowers


“Mom, you made art with your failures!”

My son pointed this out yesterday on our drive back to Georgia. To pass the time, we were playing a few rounds of Hangman and each time I had a failed letter guess he would write it down at the top of the paper and add another body part to our stick figure hangman. During one game, my failed attempts spelled the word art.

I laughed at his comment and then couldn’t help but let it roll around in my brain for a few minutes.

He’s right. I make art with my failures.

I’ve shared two other blog posts this week. In one I shared how I sometimes turn into a toddler on road trips. In the other, I shared how I used to drink too much…definitely not “Lifetime Achievement” award material. 😉

I tend to share about my weaknesses and failures a lot when I write. One reason I  feel compelled to do this is because I’ve learned along this journey that my failures can only “do me in” when I hide them and refuse to acknowledge them. Today, I know there is beauty and redemption that can be extracted from even the biggest wrong turns of our life. If we refuse to uncover our failure, then we miss out on this beauty and redemption.  That is one mistake I hope to avoid more and more in life.

I think about the Prodigal Son. What if he had refused to come home? He would have missed the party. I like parties and I don’t want to miss a single one.

Yes, I make art out of my failures and by doing so I hope that others will be inspired to do the same with their failures. I love how our Creator is our perfect example too. He is able to take our failures and use them for His Glory. No wrong turn we take is ever wasted. How cool is that!

I read this in my devotional this morning and I thought it fit perfectly with this topic:

“…I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me, placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident. Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself. You have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate places…” Jesus Calling

Today, acknowledge the failures and find the flowers.

4 thoughts on “Acknowledge Your Failures to Find the Flowers

  1. Loretta

    thank you Eileen, for this. It is just what I needed for today. I am learning, too, that acknowledging failures/mistakes though hard, is the right thing to do, for in doing so I stop hiding and face the truth and reality. I am thankful for His redemption! And the art in our failures.

  2. Betty Draper

    ( I’ve learned along this journey that my failures can only “do me in” when I hide them and refuse to acknowledge them) You have written truth my wise sister. Our past owns us when we hide it and it frees us when we use it to help others. There is a southern gospel song and the chorus, Thanks to Calvary, I am not the (man or women) I use to be, Thanks to Calvary things are different then before. Our past does not have to define us but what we do with it will, either for good or for bad. Bless you sister, bless you for sharing this.

    1. Eileen Post author

      “Our past owns us when we hide it and it frees us when we use it to help others.” Love that, Betty


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