so back in the day my blog was called ‘failing forward frequently.’ i’m not sure where i originally used the term – i think it was in a sermon series in Oregon in 2002, but i can’t be totally sure. however, when i went to wordpress.com from blogspot a few years ago i changed it, and coined it ‘5guys and 1amazing girl’ because it was about us as a family and our movements in life and ministry to and from Africa…and that is clearly who we are!
that specific season has [obviously] come to an end, and most of my posts and thoughts have returned to my pastoral and transformational musings, instead of largely being family updates, etc…
so – failing forward frequently? yep. that’s as simply as i can picture my walk with jesus. in my mind, the picture i see is me with my boys when they were little – their hand in mine – walking across the reef at the beach or up a trail toward the top of Exectuion Point in Ezulwini Swaziland … them stumbling all the way and never falling – because of my love and protection for them. they were, you see, falling and failing forward toward the goal of the day, be that an afternoon summit or finding that perfect reef discovery… they were safe in my hand and grace, growing within the context of every fall as they clung to me and got their footing back. these are obviously not new thoughts or my observations – david taught me this in Ps37.23-24 as he wrote:
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
thanks God, my Father and Friend, that you continue to patiently hold my hand down the path of life – seeking for me to trust in you to make the path straight and clear [Prov 3.5-6], and catching me as i stumble on and off of it frequently.