We are currently in the process of toilet training our twins.

It’s not fun!

Even as I type these words, I have a mop and bucket ready for the next accident.

Earlier today, Madison didn’t quite make it to the potty.  She was on her way, but the bladder won the race.

Her response?

“Oh well, good try.”

As we all laughed at her laid back attitude to another mess, I realised that this statement is one that we could all use a lot more often.

As adults, we have become so risk averse that we are afraid to learn new skills or try different experiences in case we make a mistake or look silly.

Chances are that if you try something new, you will make mistakes, you may even temporarily embarrass yourself.

But you’ll learn and you’ll be better off for the experience.

You’ll develop and grow and become better equipped for life.

Your confidence in new environments will increase and you’ll get closer to reaching the potential that God placed in you.

One of my favourite biblical characters is Simon Peter.

When Jesus was walking towards the disciples on the water, Peter asked if he could give it a try. After a few successful steps, he got distracted, took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink.

I bet when he got back into the boat he was a bit embarrassed.  I know that he was wet.  But he would have learned that day to keep his eyes fixed on Jesus when in precarious situations.  The guys who stayed in the boat wouldn’t have got that message.

Perhaps he even said to himself, “Oh well, good try!”

I can’t wait until the twins are out of nappies forever.

But I also know that for them to learn, there will be a few mistakes to clean up along the way.

What mistakes are you afraid to take that hold you back from bigger things?

Is the risk of failure greater than the potential reward at the end?


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