Saturday, January 09, 2010
I've been participating in an on-line Bible study that my church has started up. We have been reading the book of Proverbs. If you are not religious, I gotta say, the book of Proverbs is amazing! There is so much practical stuff in there.
Today, I found myself struck with one of the "challenges". There were four. 1. Connect and Listen (for wisdom/truth in your life)
2. Act on the truth we receive (they pointed out that we often do not understand everything we read[in the Bible] but that we can act on what we do understand and that more understanding will follow-love that!)
3. Be in community [with others seeking God].
4. Make aggressive mistakes.
#4, is what strikes me. Make Aggressive Mistakes! Who tells you to do that??? Don't we spend most of our lives being told to do things right? Make it perfect? Get an A? Win the game? Score the goal? Eat the right food? Exercise the right amount? Look good? Make your clothes match? Ugh! I could go on!
What if the World operated on the premise of Make Mistakes? What if your boss encouraged you to be bold and take risks? That is was okay to be wrong? What if our parents raised us like that? My childhood certainly would have looked a whole lot different. My self esteem would have been a whole lot higher. I would not be so fearful now.
This fear of failure, mistakes, letting myself/others down would not be what rules my life. OMG! EVERYTHING would be soooo much different!
I simply must work on this challenge. Geeze, what mistakes can I make today? I hope I can push through my fear and get a little messy in my life. And,dare I say? Feel okay about it?