Have you ever failed or made a mistake? Good, then this nugget is for you. The fact that you’ve failed is proof that you’re not finished. Failures and mistakes can be a bridge, not a barricade, to success.
Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
Failure may look like a fact, but it’s only an opinion. Successful people believe that mistakes are just feedback. It’s not how far you fall but how high you bounce that makes all the difference.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the great twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”
One of the riskiest things you can do in life is to take too many precautions and never have any failures or mistakes. Failure is the opportunity to start over more intelligently.
No one has ever achieved genuine success who did not at one time or another, teeter on the edge of disaster. If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had tried to do nothing and succeeded. The person who never makes a mistake must get awfully tired of doing nothing. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not risking enough.
Vernon Sanders observes, “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.”
Experience is what you get when you are looking for something else.
Success consists of getting up just one time more than you fall down. SO GET UP AND GO ON!
“You don’t drown by failing in the water, you drown by staying there,” said author Ed Cole.
Proverbs 28:13 (TLB) reminds, “A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”
The death of your dream will not happen because of a failure; its death will come from indifference and apathy. The best way to go on after a failure is to learn the lesson and forget the details. If you don’t, you’ll become like the scalded dog that fears hot water and, afterward, fears cold as well.
Failure can become a weight, or it can give you wings. The only way to make a comeback is to go on. If the truth were known, 99 percent of success is built on former failure. A mistake usually proves somebody stopped talking long enough to do something. You’re like a tea bag: not worth much until you’ve been through some hot water.
Remember the old poem:
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit;
It’s when things seem worse
That you must not quit
How you handle failure is critical to your life today and in the future. A common truth is that everyone experiences some kind of failure. To God the important truth is how you respond to failure. Failure is a blessing if it pushes you to humble yourself before the Lord and begin to live in the light of eternity.
You may be experiencing some kind of failures in your life-
- failure in the way you budget your finances
- failure in your school
- failure in your business
- failure in your relationship with your family
- failure in your dealing with your children
- failure in trying to overcome those old habits
- failure in trying to maintain those figures, etc.
Whatever your kind of failure may be, no matter how deep you may be in, regardless of how many times you have experienced it, Christ is able to turn those failures into fame, those defeat into victory. Like Peter and other people who failed before, victory could be ours today.