I get it! No one likes to fail. Failure can leave one feeling depressed, defeated, emotionally a wreck, rob one of motivation and even leave a person feeling like less than worthy and this is especially so when someone looks at a fall, misstep, or delay as an actual failure. However, there is another way to view failure – let’s review three of those ways!
#3. Fail by succeeding: every No brings us Closer to a yes! I know that sounds crazy, but trust me it’s not! It may have taken Nikola Tesla a thousand attempts to come up with electricity as we know it today, but each failure brought him one attempt closer to a win. That win was ultimately a world-changing invention. A bible character named Job, after suffering massive professional personal defeats, said this…
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;…”
Job understood that every loss is one game closer to a win so we must see failure as success because you would not have learned what you learned had you not failed.
#2. Go out swinging for the fences! If I spend my life trying to earn $5 dollars and fail doing so than I wasted my life chasing peanuts and not much can be said about it. If I spend my life trying to change the world in new earth-shattering ways and fail doing so then I can still have the esteem of having tackled an amazing task. Certain scientific breakthroughs took generations of scientist working consecutively and toiling over each predecessors work before the breakthrough was made. Some large ambitions may have to be realized by your successors reviewing the clips of your life before they are realized and that is still a win! I watched my dad work for pennies and it taught me to work hard for dollars, but had he not laid the foundation of hard work regardless of pay then I wouldn’t be where I am. He never became a business owner and property owner, but his son did and I love him and honor him and at no point would I consider my father a failure.
44“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
Jesus is talking about a man who sold everything he owned, his coat, his sheep, his house, the dog, the cat, everything, you name it and went wholeheartedly after a treasure! Why is that, because when you swing for the fences even when you lose you win and the man understood this!
#1 Fail trying! The worst feeling of failure comes when you fail by a spirit of omission. Who wants to end their life on a fail that could have been avoided simply by trying. If I never become the world’s best pastor to rival the likes of Bishop Jakes, Olsteen, Furtick, Chandler and Keller (not that I am trying to), but everyday tried my best to save as many souls as possible then I can die knowing that I advanced the kingdom of God even if I don’t go down in the annals of history as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time). Contrarily if I do nothing and never tell anyone about Jesus and die a nobody, then that is much worse. I cannot even comfort myself with the words “at least I tried hard”.
45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant,c whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
When you are working hard failure is hard to find. When you try you may have a failure in battle, but you will still find a victory in war.
When your time comes to see Jesus, make sure you died trying… trying to be the best dad, best son, best brother, best mother, best daughter, best sister, best co-worker, best neighbor, the best follower of Christ. Try hard, swing for the fences and know that every effort you make is a win recognized by Jehovah God and Jesus Christ.