Why are we so afraid to admit our failures? It seems that in the cutthroat society of our society's attempts to climb to the top of the pile of humans scrambling for first place, we forget our own fragile existence. We forget who we are when we think that we are something great. It's okay to know that you have done incredible works in the global campaign to exert your professional skills upon the portrait of fame in history. Own it. Believe it. You did it. You've left your footprint of legacy. Congratulations. However, flaunting it will be the very death of the legacy itself. Those who have gone on before us, leaving great legacies rarely ever flaunted their greatness. Those who realize that they have done great works and manage to leave their deeds of human kindness quietly in their own minds are truly the great souls of compassionately serving others first before themselves.
You think that you've accomplished great deeds by flaunting your professional skills across the millions of miles flown in first class while sipping the finest wine. The photographs that hang on your wall, with grinning teeth filled smiles of you shaking the hands of famous individuals shine so bright in your office. You've managed to top the charts of your own society's claim to fame. Well done. No one has seen the souls you've crushed, and no one has seen the pain you've caused to the loved ones you've squelched beneath your feet. The heads of lives that you've stood on to win your personal goals go unnoticed in the eyes of our humanity. Sadly, those souls that you've left behind are the ones that know your soul. Owning up to your mistakes while climbing to your stardom could be the very thing that frees you from the inner turmoil of your past. Your past haunts you. You look at those colleagues of yours that pat you on the back and congratulate you with the glass of gin & tonic. They don't know the dark secrets that you've managed to sweep under the rug of your own conscious. The best place to be in my personal experience is under the realization that we are better to walk in reality of our humanity. Don't pretend to be who you are not. Be who you are. In the grasping of who you are, you will authentically tell your story.
Walk in your weakness, not embracing it, yet being aware of it. Being aware of your weakness while walking through the challenges, joys, and sorrows of human existence will draw others to passionately identify with your walk. Accept yourself for who you are, not elevating yourself to a level you are not, nor suppressing yourself below the level you were created to be. Just be who you are in all possibility in your strength. The one who walks with that limp in pain of the scars of yesterday will be embraced by those who truly love them with strength to endure the rest of the journey. It is an incredible journey to walk and in your authenticity, others will see your transparent desire to do what is right and will join your side. If they truly love you for who you are, they won't care about your mistakes, errors, and very actions that have caused you to walk with your limp. They will love you, embrace you, and encourage you to keep onward and upward through the adventure of growing in yourself. Who would you rather walk with? One who ignores their own failures and pretends to be one who they are not?
Walk with someone. Never walk it alone.
Choose with whom do you prefer to associate yourself? Will you walk with those who like you have made mistakes and errors for which have shaped them into the people they are today? Or will you walk with those who make you feel famous to walk by their side, yet, the humility is something they would never choose to own.
I am a broken person. I have made mistakes that empower me to become someone better. I know the great costs of sacrifice for which some may never understand. The cost to follow your destiny of calling of whom He who called you is a complex and challenging twisted path of choices. For what one judges me for outwardly suggested mistakes are the very ones that causes their thoughts to be of error. One may never know the extent of what it means to walk with the broken, however, surely it leads to an authentic existence. Who wouldn't want to experience the most transparent journey possible? It may mean walking alone for a season. It may mean that others will never understand you.
Be assured that as you listen to His voice and seek His Face, you will find other individuals, just like you, broken, that have chosen to walk in the same way you do.
What freedom and healing is in the collective walking with others who are broken. It's real and it feels like a grace filled journey filled with those who love you for who you are. I am humbly reminded that for the One who's life I am to reflect, He chose to walk with those who are broken. If the Christ walked with those who are broken, I firmly and with all of my soul believe that I too, broken, shall walk the same way. Oh to Him be the glory for great things He has done. It shall be an incredible eternity to experience and while on the way, we find those who we shall fellowship with that great day. Broken and humble is how I choose to walk for in this, I feel like flying with freedom.
Daniel M. Klopp
Advocate 4 Marginalized individuals & communities globally
Advocate & Journalist
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