Musing… ‘Change only happens through failure’ (Brian McLaren in ‘Do I stay Christian?’)
I enjoyed the story in yesterday’s paper:
Kerry Carty from Stockport paid 50p for a tombola ticket at her six-year-old daughter’s school fair. She won a bottle of red wine. …Success! Kerry said: ‘I don’t know anything about wine. I never drink it as is gives me headaches.’ …Failure!
She looked the label up online, found it was a classic 1982 Bordeaux, put it on the auction site ‘Bid for Wine’, and sold it for £185! Success!
It’s good when apparent failure become success, but ‘change only happens through failure’?
Yesterday was A-level results day. On television we saw delighted eighteen-year-olds, who’d achieved their required grades, looking forward to the university of their choice. I chatted to Jonny. His results weren’t good. Whether change will happen through Jonny’s ‘failure’ remains to be seen.
Musing… friends who’ve come out of addiction…
- …the heroin addict who lost all of her friends and had her children taken from her…
- …the gambling addict whose huge debt meant he couldn’t afford Christmas presents and holidays for his children…
- …the secret sex addict who was finally caught out by his wife…
… may say ‘when I reached my lowest point I realised I had to change…’
McLaren further explains ‘change through failure’: ‘If you want birth, you have to go through labour that feels like it’s killing you. If you want a new genesis of diversity and beauty, you have to accept that things might look absolutely hopeless at first…’
Musing… John Newton the slave-ship captain… discovering Christian faith… writing:
‘Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see…
…Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.’
Newton knew change through failure… I’m still musing… For friends? For me?