I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ~ Philippians 4:13
There’re many causes of failure. Sometimes failure results from something you did or didn’t do. There’re different kinds of failure. Failure can be serious and painful—other times stupid and embarrassing. Failure can be fleeting or have lifelong consequences. But rest assured, failure will happen at one time or another—if you try to do anything. Frederick Douglass said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Sometimes, I think of failure as an unwelcome spiritual struggle. That prepares you to succeed later—when the rewards are greater. Remember Abraham, Moses, David, and Peter all experienced epic failure—before each went on to great success. From them, you can get insight into overcoming failure, when you:
- acknowledge your failure and refuse to hide behind excuses,
- confess any sin to God when sin is involved in the failure,
- scrutinize what led to the failure to avoid taking those actions again, and
- put the failure behind you and move ahead (1 John 1:9; Phil. 3:13).
In other words, stop complaining about the failure. Take responsibility… Forgive yourself and others… Analyze the failure… Change direction if necessary… Formulate a new plan… Do a reality check of your plan according to God’s word… Then execute your plan.
Remember, you can recover from failure. You don’t have to wallow in failure when you know where your help comes from. Though you must sometimes journey through failure on your way to success. The secret is to take courage, embrace the struggle, and continue on.
This is when you grow in God’s grace! Realizing that failure is a step on the road of life. Walk through the failure… Success is just up ahead!
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.