Even the best “blow it” sometimes. Our favorite artists, actors, and athletes have stories of how they’ve failed at the very thing they are supposed to be great at. Hear this comedian’s story of a gig where he “royally” bombed.
Play this video for your students [start at 1:30; stop at 3:10].
Worst I Ever Bombed: Uncle Nath a Christian Comedian
- Have you ever “bombed” at something you were meant to be good at? What did that feel like? What were the effects? (Accept all reasonable answers. It may have been a solo, a last-minute shot, a test, or anything else. Maybe they felt their team or someone else was counting on them and they let them down. Maybe others still give them grief over it or it shook their confidence. If students are still hung up on their mistakes, help them to have grace with themselves.)
Sometimes we miss that mark, even if we make a sincere effort or try our best. Sometimes we haven’t tried our best and can learn what to do better next time. When it comes to honest mistakes and everyday slip-ups, we might replay it in our minds for a while, but eventually we can recover and move on. Often the biggest effect is our own embarrassment.
- What is the biggest consequence you have ever faced for a mistake? (Accept all reasonable answers, which may vary in severity. It could be not making the cut for a program or team, being grounded or a loss of privileges, or it could go deeper such as broken trust or a broken friendship.)
- What is an example of a situation where our mistakes have consequences for others as well? (Building on the previous question, accept all reasonable answers. Students may cite slacking on group projects or class efforts; unsafe driving; or words and actions that hurt others affecting their self-esteem, standing within a group, or sense of trust for the short or long term.)
We all make mistakes and all mistakes have consequences. Sometimes the mess will be easier to clean up, and sometimes it leaves a stain. Today we’re talking about the second kind—it’s the story of humanity’s epic fail. The stakes were even higher than performing for royalty and the effects remain with us today.