Admit Your Flaws!

I sometimes envy the villains in stories or movies. I know, that probably makes me sound like some sort of psychopath, but hear me out. The hero, or protagonist, of a story is usually one of the weakest characters. We watch them struggle, nearly give up, deal with their own flaws and insecurities, rely on the help, wisdom, and strength of others, before finally barely achieving their goal by the end. The villain, on the other hand, is usually calm, cool, collected, and calculating. He or she intimidates the hero with their unflinching bearing, can run forever at a steady pace without breaking a sweat, and never seems to have any kind of weakness. That’s the kind of person I would like to be - perfect in every way, not swayed by emotions or crippled by failure. Ok, maybe I am a psychopath. But either way, most people don’t truly respect or look up to individuals like that. According to an article in Money Magazine, research has shown that people respect others more who have failed and are willing to admit their flaws and mistakes. In other words, we value and appreciate authentic humility.

Part of being human is to make mistakes. We all have weaknesses and flaws. Sometimes when we make a mistake, either physically or spiritually, we want to throw the towel in and give up. We expect to be like the villain in a story, not the hero. According to the wisest man who ever lived, we will all fail and fall down. It’s what we do about it that makes the difference. “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity” (Proverbs 24:16). As humans, we’re going to make mistakes. We are going to be flawed. But don’t let that discourage you. When you’re on the ground, look up and reach out your hand, because God is there, ready to stand you back on your feet. Then turn around and help the person next to you by letting them know that you fall too, because remember, people respect you more if you’re willing to admit your mistakes.