The “F” Word

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Proverbs 24:16

I love the “F” word. I used to hate it because it sounded awful coming out of my mouth, but it really is a very effective one when used properly. The word I’m talking about is “Failure.” Failure is a part of life and it can be your greatest asset. How would you know true victory if you haven’t first learned the alternative? You must fall in order to learn how to get up. If a baby were to stop trying to walk after it fell a few times, it would never learn to walk. It’s like trial and error – finding the best way to accomplish what you set out to do. Thomas Edison stated, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Diamonds go through an intense procedure before they sparkle.

Without enduring the adversity and pressure of its environment, the diamond would never become the treasure it was meant to be. – Susan C. Young

We must knock down old patterns and ways of thinking and learn the pattern of God’s ways (Romans 12:2). We sometimes see failure as an unacceptable thing as it is what the world has taught us. We see failure as a stumbling block instead of a stepping stone – an opportunity to innovate and learn. When the child of God falls, they get back up! Failure really is the best teacher. Do not conform to the world’s ways, for greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world! (1 John 4:4) We contain something very powerful – resurrection power! Jesus saw a problem (our failure) and found a solution (hope). That solution lives within us, like a great light that we can hardly contain! We are weak, yet He chooses to live in us and shine through our imperfections. We have traded our present weakness for a resurrection life! Let your light shine! (Isaiah 60:1)

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got. – Mark Twain


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