“We grow much more spiritually by getting it wrong than by getting it right.” —Richard Rohr, Falling Upward
I really don’t want this to be true.
I would really like to get it right, grow a little, get it right again, grow a little more, and keep that going for the rest of my life.
Instead, I snap at my kids. I wake up in the morning and regret the third glass of wine from the night before.I think back on a conversation with a friend and realize I spoke badly, and unfairly, about another friend. I notice a seed of jealousy inside me about another writer’s success. I shame myself for how tight my pants are. I judge people for worrying. I worry.
The list of the ways I get things wrong—life, family, self-care, serving others—could go on and on.
I see these as impediments and obstacles to growth, and they can be, if I live in that place of ignoring them, denying them, or shaming myself as a result of them.
Or they can be the means of growth. The invitation to pray. To say I’m sorry. To ask for help. To stand under the waterfall of grace.
Learn more with Amy Julia:
- Tired of Myself, but God Is Not Tired of Me
- Going in a Circle and Sometimes Making Progress
- Free Resource: 5 Ways to Experience God’s Love
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