I Love (When People Fail)
I love when people fail. Seriously... Don't you? Or maybe you don't.
People fail every single day. It doesn't always affect us but sometimes, it does. This can be really disappointing, to say the least. Many times (especially in my youngest years) I put people on pedestals only to see them come crashing down. And too often, their crash hurt me personally. Because of this, it can be extremely hard to love people through their falls, when they need it most.
How many times in your life has someone or multiple people let you down? My guess would be too many times to count. What is your response in those moments? Is it self-pity because of how your life has been affected by their mistake? Is it a bitter taste or even anger at the position their shortcoming put you in? Or worse, is it satisfaction that they are exposed for the failures they truly are? And now... maybe you can get a chance in the spotlight, to fill their shoes. But tread with caution, my friend, we are only human. We all fail and fall. The moment the spotlight is on you and your "success", the spotlight will also be on your failures when they follow. How do you want people to respond?
When people fail... I love. Or I strive to, anyways. To be honest, certain situations are harder than others to respond the way I should. But when people fall short I want to offer grace as that bridge to help them cross the gaping space left by failure. When people hurt and disappoint me I want to be able to look into their situation and understand where they come from. "Hurt people hurt people" right? So why are they hurt? What can I do to help them? I want to look at people who have fallen with an outstretched hand, ready to pull them back up, side by side. After all, we are all in this race together, needing to reach the finish line. When I fall, I hope somebody is there to love me through it.
It's not a popular way to look at things. We live in a world where everyone is out to "get theirs". Most want on top and to come out better than the last, whether we voice that or not. So it's easy to love seeing others' tumbles. But what if instead, we show love when people fail. I would venture to say our results would be comradery, successful community and more happiness than we'd know what to do with.
The next time you see failure, whether it's a friend, family member, enemy or even yourself: Love. Show grace and kindness.
"Show love in everything you do." 1 Corinthians 16:14 (CEV)
Love when people fail.