In an effort to remain as genuine as possible, I’m starting a series called “A Lesson Learned.” No, this won’t be the place where I share the best lesson one of my children learned this week. This “lesson” is not directed towards them, it is a lesson I learned.
I thought I had a bright idea for teaching colors by reusing some baby food jars. I couldn’t wait for Big Brother to help me! I put some water and blue food coloring in the jar, and he shook it up. Then I mixed some oil and yellow food coloring and mixed that as well. I poured the oil in the jar and this is what we got:
Pretty good, huh? Blue and yellow.
The point was to then shake it up and make green.
Again, this was a success! Yay!
So, I tried it with red and blue…it looked good at first.
Now of course this is just an example of failure on a very small, insignificant way in the whole scheme of things. But it provides an opportunity for me to tell my children that, “Mommy thought it would work, but it didn’t. That’s okay…sometimes that just happens.”
Through failure, we (and our children) learn perseverance.
And of course perfection will never be attained, “We all fall short” (Romans 3:23). We might as well get used to it and learn to deal with it gracefully!
So, that’s my lesson learned and something I will be always constantly striving for…to fail gracefully.
How about you? What was one of your “lessons learned” this week?