Wednesday, January 28, 2015

failure


If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.

Failure happens.  It is something that all of us have gone through if we have lived very long.  What we do with failure makes all the difference of the world.

Often it is what we learn when we fall that takes us further and helps us grow more than any other time.  We do learn from victories, yet if our lives are only full of victories, we won’t appreciate them as much as we could. 

I heard a coach say recently that the reason she leads her team is to help them win.  Loses will happen.  But learning from the loses and compiling the wins is a big deal.

If we continue to fail and never win, we must find new ways to stretch toward winning and to see success.  Being part of a team is a great thing.  Being part of a winning team is awesome.  Following God and living by faith will bring more victory and more learning from our failures.

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.

We might miss the grace of God if we are not looking for it.  By receiving God’s grace we will be able to understand failure and be able to reach toward success. 

But look at that verse one more time.  It says we are to “look after each other”.  God has called us to live in community and share life with other people.  In the book of Ecclesiastes we read about helping, encouraging and living with other people.  Throughout the Bible God tells us how we can care of each other.

Together we can help with the failures and the victories.  We can also understand why things happen, teach each other and press toward less failure and more victory.

But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

Maybe that verse is a different failure or way of failing, but we must not be shortsighted.  One of the easiest ways to fail is to not learn from and remember the past.  No, we cannot let our past hold us back.  The truth of the past and what God has done for us will allow us to understand our failures and press on toward victory.

God, help us see our failures from your point of view and allow us to win in ways that really matter.  Thank you for your grace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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