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by Trever Carter

When I look back at the past couple years of my life, I can see a general trend of ups and downs—a roller coaster of life, if you will; and I think it’s safe to say that we all experience the same thing to some degree.

Nobody’s life is perfect and easy and happy and fun and without struggles all the time, and I certainly don’t think that that is how God intended life to be. Instead, we look back at our lives and see the crests of the roller coaster, where we can really feel God and the fruits of the Spirit that He manifests within us. Other times, we are at the troughs, the low points of struggle and seemingly far from God. More often than not (for me, at least) those troughs and low points come hand in hand with one thing: failure.

Failure is imminent. That’s certainly part of being human, and I certainly believe that all of our lives can be characterized by bits of failure. For some of us, those are really big. For other, they come few and far in between, but certainly add up after a while. And for all of us, failure eventually starts to hurt. Failure makes us start to feel like we aren’t worth it. It makes us feel like we aren’t worthy. And more often than not, consistent failure instills in us apathy to stop trying all together.

But that is certainly not what God has intended for us.

There are numerous people in the Bible who have had failures: sinners, prostitutes, liars, people that ran in the opposite direction of God, people that didn’t trust him, doubters. Many of these people, however, are iconic for doing God’s work, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

God lets our lives get messy. He lets us ride the highs of life, but he also lets us fail. What we do with our failures, however, is the most important part. We can be owned by our failures and overly concerned with a list of moral wrongs and rights that we need to uphold, or we can fall madly in love with Jesus, handing our failures over to Him and allowing Him to use us for His work.

Those who have tried and failed have much more to say than those who have failed to try. God says that he will take our failures and turn them into something beautiful. I’ve seen it in my life, a beautiful redemption story that allows me each day to fall more in love with God and encourages me to consistently seek after Him without fear of failure.

TrevernewheadshotTrever Carter is a senior at Grayslake North High School. He enjoys running, playing lacrosse, and photography. He also likes to write, serve with the church, and spend time with his friends.

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