Failure IS an Option
10 May 2019
You have most likely heard the story of a tight rope walker, Charles Blondin, who with the cheers and adulation of onlookers made the perilous walk across Niagara Falls. The onlookers appeared to have full faith in his ability to do something absolutely crazy, even taking a wheelbarrow back and forth across the suspended rope. When the brave, or perhaps senseless, daredevil then asked for a volunteer to sit in a wheelbarrow and make the journey across the falls with him, guess how many onlookers had faith in his ability then? How would you have dealt with such a hazardous request of faith?
We all exercise faith in everyday (sometimes menial) circumstances. For example, I have faith my alarm will go off each morning; I have faith my car will start; I have faith that the electricity will work and water will come out of my taps when I turn them on. However, having faith to try something new and untested, walking into unchartered waters and facing failure, that’s where most people draw the line. What if we didn’t? What if we weren’t afraid to try new things for fear of failure, but took a leap of faith more often? What if our kids did? “But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration - because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavour that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks.” James Cameron
It’s the (smart) risk-takers that create change in our world, those willing to step out in faith – faith in their own abilities; faith in the support of those around them; faith in their ability to not give up; and faith in a God who wants to see them succeed. Here are some ways you can help encourage your child to be a SMART risk-taker: Provide unstructured play when they are young Model it Define SMART risks Create a safe environment to take risks Reward smart failures
In Matthew 14, we read about Peter stepping out on water and walking to Jesus, however he got only part of the way before his faith began to fail him. Keep in mind it was windy, which would have meant the water was not glassy smooth. I don’t blame him for freaking out! Christ provided the perfect example of encouraging risk-taking. Firstly, He called Peter out of the boat and encouraged him to take the risk. Secondly, He modelled walking on the water. Thirdly, He provided a safe environment for Peter to take the risk, because He was right there with him. Even though Peter failed and began to sink, Christ rewarded his small amount of faith by not letting him drown, but reaching down to pull him back to safety.
Let us encourage kids to be SMART risk-takers, willing to fail forward and be innovators of the future.
May this Easter be a time of enjoyment and celebration of what God has done for us all. We as a staff pray that your holidays will be safe, enjoyable and refreshing, and we look forward to seeing your families as you return in Term 2.
Stage 3 Cordinator