This Valentine's Day, Blair and I went to see the Rodin exhibit at our local fine arts museum. Or as Blair said in his Instagram, "I spent the afternoon looking at French naked dudes." I just thought it was going to be a fun way to spend a couple of hours together, but I learned a powerful lesson about failure.
As you probably already know, Rodin is widely known for his famous sculpture, The Thinker. It was amazing to see this huge statue up close and personal. I could have reached out and touched it (if it weren't for those "hands off" signs)! The exhibit was titled, "Rodin: Evolution of a Genius" and it was obvious to see that this man truly was a genius. It was not only a fantastic Valentine's Day date; but it was also incredibly educational to see how one ordinary man could create such extraordinary artwork.
But there was nothing ordinary about Rodin.
And there is nothing ordinary about you, either.
I remember when I was a new mom. I was totally overwhelmed. It was all I could do to just keep my head above water and make it through the day. My days were just a series of mundane activities, one after another. I was in the middle of something great, but I had no idea. I thought I was just a mom. But I was so much more. God was in the process of creating greatness, but all I saw was failure. One failure after another--laundry unfolded, dinners ruined, budgets blown, diets abandoned. I was so hard on myself. But I had no idea at the time that I was failing forward.
After every failure, I tried again.
That's what set me apart. I kept on going when others quit. And so can you. It's not about if you fail. You will definitely fail. The real secret is if you will get up again and give it another try.
While were were wandering around the Rodin exhibit, I took a look at his timeline. Check this out.
One of the greatest artists of all time fails out of art school THREE TIMES!
What if he had quit? What if he had stopped trying and just began to see himself as "just an ordinary man?" One thing is for sure, I wouldn't have spent Valentine's Day staring at French naked dudes! Genius can only be revealed through failure. All greatness needs to be revealed. And that revealing is often just a byproduct of repeated failure.
William Shakespeare once said, "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
When you became a mom, you had greatness thrust upon you. Only problem is, you just didn't realize it at the time. Greatness carries genius within it, but it can't be revealed by living in the ordinary. Your greatness lies right outside that next failure. That's the true evolution of genius. It's falling, getting back up, falling again, and getting back up again.
Proverbs 24:16 tells us, "For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, but the wicked stumble in time of disaster and collapse."
Let other people quit. That's not you. Let other people think they are ordinary. That's not you. God created you to be extraordinary. He designed you for greatness. He breathed genius into you.
Don't get discouraged by failure. It's the process that God uses to uncover your genius.
Don't think about it.
Just get back up. You've got this!