“For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?' He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”
The gospel according to Luke discusses the idea of not giving up in the face of failures. Every day, we fear failures. A test that we study hours for, but end up not doing well on. One move that we always practice, but can never get right. We want to give up because we get frustrated with what we can’t get right. We think we fail when we work at something for years, but don’t succeed.
We are not failures, we are seeds in soil waiting to bloom. We need the Holy Water to grow in the garden of Christ. We need to be able to accept our failures, so that we can become more grateful for the moments where we succeed.
If we cultivate and work on what we know and improve that, there’s fewer chances of our failures being brought to the surface.
You have to believe in God and have faith in Him. When things seem difficult, that is when you have to strengthen your faith even more. If we fear failure, we have to put our trust in God that we will not fail. The difficult times is when sometimes your faith is tested the most, so you have to trust that God has a plan for you.
Even if we do fail, we have to trust that it is all a part of God’s plan for us. If we don’t fail, we may not have an opportunity to learn from the failure.
During the season of Lent, we are asked to give up something. Whether it be giving up a certain food or behavior, we sometimes find it difficult to live without said item or behavior. Though it may be difficult for certain moments, we do learn to be more grateful for the things we have.
If we give up anything for Lent, we should give up the fear of failure. We have to trust that God has a plan for us, even if that road encounters possible failures. We have to trust in God and not give up, because if we do, we never get to see the glorious plans He has for us.