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The car turns into the parking lot, tires strong once again. The dad hurries out to get the children out, his wife making sure their daughter is ready for her big day. As the ballet recital starts, the parents beam at their young daughter who takes center stage. Her big brother holds the camera, documenting this special moment. Her eyes are blinded by the stage lights as she dances her solo. Suddenly, her eyes flash and she lands on the floor. She hears gasps as she realizes that she fell. And during her solo! She takes a deep breath, leans over, and gracefully adds a new dance step to fit into her routine. The audience cheers as she gets back up, her family smiling wide.

Teachers. PISD is a school that wants to bring excellence holistically. It is expected that each one grows healthily in the head, heart, and hands. However, we must not mistake excellence for perfection. The difference between the two is mindset, faith, and diligence.

No one is perfect, and so we cannot expect you to deliver everything perfectly with zero mistakes or flaws. The idea is not to have zero mistakes but to do everything with an impact. Chasing perfection often revolves around proving ourselves therefore using our own strength, knowledge, and understanding. Since we are human and limited, our strength, knowledge, and understanding will run out or reach its limits when not backed up in faith, the Word, and prayer. God promises to give us His favor and help us work with excellence when we include Him.

Last time we talked about pleasure in pressure, reminding ourselves that sometimes what we need is a shift of perspective, for we can find room for growth and unexpected blessings when we see pressure as a builder of strength and talent. Failure is much like pressure. Failure is a part of the process that helps us focus on God and trust Him over again, rather than feeling bad for ourselves because we fell short.

If a car needs pressure to become its best to carry weight and reach destinations, a car may also fail in its machine or outer appearance, but it brings room to make it better. My dad often reminds us that, “we may fail but we are not failures.” Our mistakes and weaknesses can indeed become strengths and expose the beauty within each one. Don’t let failure stop you from growing. Find room to flourish as we thrive through this year, together.

“But He answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and My power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (TPT)



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