We need to create a culture where it is okay to fail.Where we cheer loudly for someone who tries and falls and fails. Where it is okay to step out, be noticed, trip, and fall. And everyone cheers because you tried. Call me an idealist - but this is who I want to be. Where it’s okay to thresh and fight and build and then if it doesn’t work - to tear it all down. And start again. Why? Because that is how progress is made. How many attempts did it take to create the light bulb? Every time you try and fail - you learn and grow! This is what I mean by ‘threshing’. To try and try and try and try and try - until you get the result you’re looking for. In biblical terms it’s called persevering faith.

But we need something else…

We need permission to be threshed.

We need to learn the meaning of scriptures like:

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. - Proverbs 27:6

and

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. - Proverbs 27:17

and

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life. - Proverbs 6:23

We desperately need to walk these verses out in our lives. Otherwise we simply don’t grow. We have grown complacent and “wussified” by and large as a society and we need to challenge each other again to live out the creative and challenging and powerful plan of God for each of our lives. But often times we are not even open to it. We take the ‘wound of a friend’ as an insult, when in fact it is LIFE GIVING WORD.

When something is difficult, and everyone is afraid to try it, or try to change it, or try to conquer it - we need leaders who will stand in the gap and make it happen. Yet in order to do this we need to thresh and be threshed daily - in small ways and big ways.

Therefore I say to you: You have permission to thresh. Permission to try. Permission to rock the boat. I’m cheering for you!

And you have permission to be threshed. Permission to listen to the constructive criticism around you, even though it hurts, and change.