Question 1-What has God taught me from failure?
Have I failed? Oh yeah, in being the perfect (okay sometimes in just being the good) wife, in being a pleasant employee, in being a gracious follower of Christ...okay, I don't want to think further than that and get depressed before work. Just going to work today feels depressing.
But in this God has taught me about humility-I am not supposed to be perfect or carry the world on my shoulders. I am a creation of God, not God. When I am humble, I remember this. When I am full of pride and ego, I forget. To me, being humble is being authentically and honestly who I am, nothing more or less.
God has also taught me to lean into Him. I have a lot of junk, a lot of relationships, a lot of ideas and dreams. Sometimes they grow to be more desirable than spending time with Him and rather than trusting Him, I trust me. Yeah, I know, idolatry, but I promise, it doesn't last long because I try to share everything with Dad. Anyway, when my idols are smashed and I realize what a nincompoop I was, I lean into Him more-first in repentance seeking grace and then because I begin to remember this is where I am most fully alive. Of course I forget...just like those dang Israelites, but I am working on it.
Finally, God has taught me that I am not lovable based on what I do and achieve. That is ok but can interfere with humility and trusting God. I am lovable because my Father loves me. He chose me. He gifted me. He graced me.
What about your answer?