becoming molded and thoughts on failing

Well, I started; slowly, but I started. I have chosen three steps to becoming molded for this month.

1) LOVING – Hug each of my family member’s everyday for at least 20 seconds and give my husband a fifteen second kiss at least once a day. I read that after that amount of time, the chemical oxytocin (or happy hormone) is released in the body. Here is the article I read about hugs. I am forcing my kids to do the same. Caleb figured out that we all do this, we are getting 200 seconds of hugs a day. That’s a lot of happy hormones!  I will often count very slowly when giving them all hugs. I want them to know that this is something that I love to do, not have to do.

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Sophia tackling, I mean hugging, her brother for twenty seconds.

2) MOVING – Run/hike in the hills three times a week. This is not only good for me physically, but it has been essential for me emotionally. It is more than just a run, more than just the physical benefits of exercise. During this time, I learn, I listen, I ponder, and I pray. Nature has become my therapy. I have found healing in these hills.

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Scout, my running partner.

3) CONSUMING – Drink 8-12 cups of water per day. Everyone knows drinking water is not only healthy, it is necessary, but over the last few months, my water consumption has dropped. So I am including it in my steps and setting an hourly timer to help myself remember.

These are all easily doable, right? And remember, I have allowed myself a month (or more) to complete these steps so the stress isn’t there if I mess up a day here and there. Because there is no stress, I’ve already “unofficially” started some of the other steps.

The world’s definition of fail is “to be or become deficient or lacking; be insufficient or absent; fall short”. Failure. Nobody likes to fail. And often times, this fear of failure keeps us from making a change. But failure is not necessarily a bad thing. Failure can often be a good thing. “Sometimes what we call “failure” is really just that necessary struggle called learning” (Krissy Venosdale).

Thomas Edison said this, ““I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

And Winston Churchill had this to say, ““Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” The only way to continue and succeed is in Christ. With Christ, we cannot fail. Here are a few of my thoughts on failure…

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“Wait for me guys!”

If I set my sight only on becoming molded, I lose sight of what’s most important; Christ. The focus shouldn’t be on the steps, it should be on the goal; eyes ever on Christ. We fail when we focus only on the steps we’ve set to obtain the goal; walking closer to Him, learning more about Him, becoming more like Him. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Admit we are weak so that He can be our strength. More than anything, He wants us to admit that we need Him. Lean on His strength. “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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

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As I stated in previous post, one word resolution, God doesn’t expect or require instant perfection from us. A slow and steady, gradual change is okay. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.(Romans 3:22-24). We must depend on His grace. It is only through the gift of Jesus that we succeed.