Monthly Archives: July 2014

Responding To Failure

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“Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.” Proverbs 24:16

Failure doesn’t make you fail but your response to it does. If you consider failure as an opportunity to learn and move forward, then failure is not a failure at all. You can tell a lot about a person by how he/she responds to life. Everybody gets knocked down, but how fast you get up again is what counts. Veria Wallace says: ‘Failure teaches us things we can’t learn any other way… Treat it as a visitor allowed to deliver unpleasant news, but don’t let it take up residence’.

All failures are not equal. For example, when a beautiful, talented young woman is the first runner-up in a Beauty Pageant, some say she failed. Yet some people would give their right arm to be named the second most attractive female in a national competition.

It is a matter of perspective!!!

Each failure is to be examined on its background and learn from this. Failure teaches us what is important. I have a friend who was downsized out of a job…It caught her caught her by surprise because she was good at her work. “I tend to be full of pride,” she says. “I got away with it because I was so successful. Losing my job…humbled me. With pride you have no permission to fail. It’s a heavy yoke…and I don’t wear it any more. I feel lighter in my spirit without the burden of having to be perfect.”

We are always proud of our ability, skill and self.

Pride brings failure.

And how to escape from pride? Trust in God. The only answer to cure pride. When we trust in God, that is, realizing our successes and failures, ability and disability and happiness and unhappiness are the blessing of God, we won’t feel proud of ourselves.

“The LORD said: People of Jerusalem, when you stumble and fall, you get back up, and if you take a wrong road, you turn around and go back.” Jeremiah 8:4-5

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