How to feel like a big, fat, giant spiritual failure

failure spiritualCompare your present self with your past self, especially if you thought you got things “right” in the past.

Bind yourself to legalism.  Expect near perfect results.

Think that your past will always define you NO MATTER WHAT.

Equate God’s love for you with the amount of minutes spend praying or reading the Bible.

Lead even one less person to Jesus than Billy Graham has in his entire life.

Have fewer books about following Jesus sold than the Cubs have chances of winning the World Series*.

Go, go, go.

Forget that Mother Teresa had doubts about God.

Compare yourself to someone else you have on a pedestal.

Never follow through.

Allow Charity ADD to hamper truly making a difference in 1 to 2 areas in this world.

Believe that Jesus wasn’t talking about YOU.


These are just some of the many ways I’ve felt like a spiritual failure.  I’m sure I’ll come up with even more creative ones down the road.  What are some things that you’ve discouraged yourself over?


*Hopefully, I have to update this post after October/November of 2015.  (Doubt it, though.)


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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1 Response to How to feel like a big, fat, giant spiritual failure

  1. Kristen says:

    These are awesome – thanks for sharing! Equating my commitment/spiritual success with time spent in a physical church building is a big one for me.

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