Failing in public


What our desire for quality and a flawless offer to the world says about what we really treasure, and how it can expose our idolatry.

It’s scary, really.

Specially for those of us who are high performers, people of quality control.

To serve others in a way that is not quasi-perfect is the stuff of nightmares, shame, and pain. And in that attitude, familia, we may find the kernel of pride and idolatry.

I’m not saying that we have to be casual in the way we serve others. I’m neither saying we should throw quality out the window and just do stuff for others, pursue our passions / areas of interest without regard of measurables.

Part of pursuing our passions, using the right fuel for them with the intention of enjoying meaningful Spiritual Transformation, includes an unquenchable desire for improvement. And to improve we must know where we are , we must know what we are lacking, we must have a clear idea of where we want to go, and how to get there.

But all this (knowledge, desires, and plans) is not an excuse to wait until our offer to the world is totally polished allowing us then – and only then – to give it away generously.

By serving others with our gifts / passions / areas of interest, even before they are perfect and flawless, we are:

  1. Proving to ourselves that our interest focuses not on us, but on the Triune God of Scripture and History, and on the need of those around us.
  2. Exposing our heart’s reasons to serve: Are there any idols attach to our giftedness? Is there any source of pride?
  3. Testifying to others that our main interest is God’s honor and the well-being of those we desire to serve.


I don’t like it. Failing – by human standards – in a way everyone could notice is a scary thought. I desire to give the best of the best and I, definitively, do not want to experience the shame of failing in front of a crowd of any size. My desire for a job well done is that big. My drive for quality and efficiency is that strong. My respect for the gifts / passions / areas of interest the LORD has given me is that deep.

But my desire, drive, and respect for my idols and pride are also an influential factor in the way I’m trying to serve others.

Not waiting for perfection, taking the risk of failing in public is a healthy way to pursue meaningful Spiritual Transformation for me, and for those around me.



  • When serving others, What are you afraid of?
  • Consider the way you are pursuing your passions. What does it say about your dependency on the finished work of God the Son?
  • Repent, confess, and celebrate accordingly


Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.