Momo has a little hero in his heart. He wants to fix things. To come to the rescue. To do right and to know the answers.
He wants to be bigger. Stronger. Faster.
Oh, but he is small.
And he knows it. There are days I sense he feels like he’s being swallowed up by this big world that jostles him around.
He fears failure. It stops him in his tracks. The hero in him comes face to face with doubt.
“No, I can’t do it.” He says with downcast eyes. Even when it’s something I know he is able to do. He gives up, before even trying.
Oh but yes you can! my heart wants to cheer. Yes you can, my love!
He is right though. With everything looms a possibility of failure. No matter how successful you’ve been in the past.
I fear failure too.
But the question I hope my son (and myself) will wrestle with and conquer is this: Does failure define you?
The world can label you a failure for all I care, but you my dear Momo, will always be loved. You will always be my son. And in the safety of God’s victorious arms, you will always be His child. Whereas abilities may falter and accomplishments may be forgetten, your true identity does not change.
That is a subtle difference. But it’s a difference that I hope will unleash his brave little heart.
Is worth defined by productivity and results? Or is worth a reflection of how loved you are?
Oh Momo, you are more loved than you can possibly ever know. Not just by the limited and imperfect love of your parents. But by a wonderful, gracious, faithful, sovereign and holy God who created every bit of you with more love than I can muster as a mother in my entire lifetime. I love you so much but God loves you perfectly.
And Momo, perfect love casts out fear. There is no room for fear, just as darkness cannot compete with the glow of light.
Be the hero that God has made you to be. Not by saving or conquering by your own effort and might… No, you will be discouraged and limited by your failures when you do it all on your own. Instead, find bravery as you’re filled with the confidence of knowing that Christ has been the ultimate hero for you. Christ has saved, Christ has conquered, and above all, Christ has risen.
I know there’s a hero in you. Not the superhero of Hollywood. A quiet hero, created to dream big, take risks, serve humbly, and give generously.
That hero is in you.
I know it.
I see it.
And I believe in you.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” 1 John 4:18