Failure is an essential part of success, as well as a fundamental aspect of creativity.
It may be odd to consider failure as an essential part of success as indicated in the quote above by Land. But this is a Biblical truth as well as a fundamental aspect of writing creatively.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
—2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV
Writing Creatively—Failure to Success—I will fail.
As an entrepreneur, I write constantly! Don’t you? For myself, I write lists, vision boards, schedules, journals, and more. For my tribe, I write thank you notes, emails, social media posts, newsletters, blogs, webpages, sales funnels, books, and more!
If you have ever undertaken a creative writing endeavor and failed, you know it feels like a calamity. For that matter, it may even look like one. During the creative failure, there are many thoughts which come. Among them, at least for me, are thoughts like, “I am a failure,” “I’m not creative,” and most of all, “I can’t do this.”
We live in a busy and self-sufficient society. Get it done. Do it quickly. Do it yourself, if you want it done right. You feel you are on your own. All your success depends on you. It is good to know that as a follower of Jesus, this is not the truth. The truth is you will fail, but—BUT—there is grace.
Writing Creatively—Failure to Success—Strength in weakness.
As with so many biblical truths and principals in the kingdom of God, the idea that there is strength in weakness seems very contrary to our worldly view. Paul rejoices in his weaknesses, in his failures, because that is where the “power of Christ rests upon him.”
He goes on to point out that when he is weak, it is then that Christ is able to be strong in him. We fight weakness when truly we should embrace it in order for Christ to be strong in us. How does this relate to creativity?
There is only one perfect Creator. We can only ask that God’s creative power work through us. Nothing that we create will ever reach the perfection of anything God has spoken into existence. However, this is not something to grieve. This is a fact to embrace. In your weakness or imperfection, the grace and creative power of God can manifest and make you strong.
Writing Creatively—Failure to Success—I can do all things.
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
I take great comfort in knowing I can do all things because it is Christ who gives me strength. He is the one who gives me the strength to breathe. He is the strength I call upon to get out of bed every morning and carry on throughout my day with the things He has gifted me to do. So, with all my creative projects—whether writing, painting, or business strategy—this is my prayer:
Lord, let me have a deep and full understanding that Your grace is sufficient for me. Let Your power and strength be made perfect in my weakness. Teach me to be content in all circumstances and even to rejoice in my difficulties because I know it is in these times of weakness You have become my strength, and I can do all things because it is You who give me strength.
I encourage you to write your own prayer about weakness, failure, and taking on the grace and strength of Jesus in those times.
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—Karen, NACWE Education Coordinator
Karen Lindwall-Bourg is the passionate Founder of and Counseling Supervisor at RHEMA Counseling Associates in North Texas. She and her team of zealous Associates desire to be voices of wisdom and compassionate companions for their counseling, coaching and consultation clients on their journey to insight and inspiration. She has been a NACWE member since 2013 and offers Counseling, Coaching, and Writing/Publishing services. You can connect with Karen at karenbourg.com and rhemacounseling.com.