God, I am a failure. God, I’ve made so many mistakes. How could you care for me? Why would you waste your time on such a failure like me? How could I ever serve you confidently? I try not to be a failure Lord, but I keep failing dear Father. Please help me.
I share this short story with you so that you may realize, and perhaps, even embrace and live out the rest of eternity, starting now, with the Spirit of God relieving your failure or fear.
Success | The World vs the Economy of God
- Worldview = She or he with the most financial assets
- GodView = She or he that has proclaimed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
People’s acceptance or rejection of us is not the measure of our success. God’s approval is our standard for service.
Do the words or emotions of this prayer resonate with how you feel about you?
If no, praise Jesus and His glorious grace! If yes, you’re not alone. Some see failure or fear of failure as all-devastating; while on the flip-side, others live a life that literally expects to fail about 80 percent of the time and have learned, developed, implemented, refined, and continue to purposefully manage a strategy that re-shapes their personal definition of failure into the greatest eternal blessing (Kruse, 2016).
What’s their strategy to transform failure into blessing?
First, these connoisseurs of thought-control are actually not in control at all. What I mean is that these people have purposefully chosen to sustain a state of positive-mindedness and consider failure requisite for greater knowledge and overall human and Spiritual growth. Not to come off as trite, but it really does trickle down to choice.
From Opportunity to Failure and Making Choices
Doesn’t it seem like everybody is with you as you transition your human or Spiritual footprint from zero to hero? Then these same early supporters transform into ugly, vicious haters and character assassins that chomp at the bit to watch you fall head-first from grace in utter failure. And, unbelievably, more and more of these ruthless perpetrators are so-called Christians (disciples of Jesus Christ). In contrast, one cannot be a hater of Christians while simultaneously claiming Christian – resting upon an unstable foundation of false Bible doctrine.
I wonder if Jesus totally experienced that first hand.
When you think of or personally or professionally experience failure, you must consider a golden opportunity to choose how we will interpret failure in the context of a given situation or condition. Not that moving through failure is fun and exciting, but by purposefully spinning the aftermath of a fail 180 degrees, you will find treasures like knowledge, experience, intelligence, human growth, and Spiritual enrichment.
You’re Not Alone
According to God’s Word, Jesus’ disciples felt like worthless failures, but despite their feelings about themselves, look at the timeless greatness for the economy of God’s Kingdom they accomplished then and continue to do so today for all people, everywhere.
Sometimes, it comes down to keeping things in perspective by identifying and praying upon your options – options, that while your freaking out seem to be total unavailable. But, as you instantly get grip of your thoughts and actions, listen for three distinct voices.
- The devil
As you feel the wave of failure washing over you, your relationships, or your business, you will hear three mental voices in your head. If the voice your hearing is providing advice that is contrary in any way with God’s Holy Bible, you’re not hearing from our Heavenly Father; for God will never contradict His Word or change it for any reason. This is why it is critical to fervently study God’s Word.
These are true attributes of our God. So, if the message you hear sounds like the following, you’re not patiently trusting and waiting for the voice of God.
- Looks like failure is who you are.
- What’s the point of trying?
- Forget about following your silly passion. You’ll just fail again.
- God is punishing me for not being closer to Him.
- I knew I didn’t deserve success in the first place.
- This failure was somebody else’s fault, not mine.
- God, why aren’t you helping me?
Jesus Chose and Used Failures for His Glory
As stated earlier, I have shared this short story with you so that you may realize, and perhaps, even embrace and live out the rest of eternity, starting now, with the Spirit of God relieving your failure or fear.
Let us consider how Jesus chose and used failures (Bloom, 2012). Shame over past failures and sins can haunt and inhibit us in many ways. And satan seeks to steal and destroy our faith by shoving our failures in our face. But Jesus intends to redeem us completely.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
For now, I’d like to leave you with these very smart citations from those who can rightfully speak to dealing with and overcoming failure once and for all.
“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
The Lord will never abandon you.
Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6
The Lord’s approval creates hope.
We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. Romans 5:4
The Lord chose you to carry out his work.
I brought you from the ends of the earth; I called you from its farthest corners and said to you, ‘You are my servant.’ I did not reject you, but chose you. Isaiah 41:9
The Lord will show you the perfect way.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Proverbs 3:5-6
Bloom, J. (2012). Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures. Retrieved from http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/jesus-chooses-and-uses-failures–2
Kruse, K. (2016). The 80/20 Rule and How It Can Change Your Life. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2016/03/07/80-20-rule/
Walter, E. (2013). 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/ekaterinawalter/2013/12/30/30-powerful-quotes-on-failure
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