I say it every day with math students:
Frustration is not a bad thing.
Frustration is healthy.
Of course you’re having trouble understanding it, you just learned it.
Of course you’re going to make mistakes.
Mistakes are not a bad thing.
Mistakes are healthy.
Of course the fact that you just spent 20 minutes on that problem and got the wrong answer is not a waste of time.
It is so obvious to me.
And the one who surrenders to that process comes out stronger. Fuller. Whole.
And constantly, as I encourage this very thing to students –day in and day out;
Reminding them that the process of frustration and mistakes is healthy and necessary;
Constantly as I know this in math—
I forget it in every other part of life.
These are not designed to take us further from our vision.
They are designed to more fully, more wholly, more foundationally take us into our vision.
When they rise their head, see them for what they are: Tools. Spring boards. Insights into the whole.
We are a family that does not give up.
No. Matter. What.
Let whatever may rise, rise.
Keeping our eyes, our vision—fixed on Him.
Full in Him.
Whole in Him.