Turning failure to success
'For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.' Proverbs 24:16 NIV
When we're doing what God's called us to do, we will face challenges and experience points of failure. The only way to avoid failing is to never do anything - and that's not what God's called us to do. The real question is not whether or not we're going to fail, but whether we're going to learn from those experiences and turn them into wisdom to thrive.
Times of failure will happen. But, do our failures make us afraid to try again or give us insight to succeed the next time? The Bible says: 'For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes' (Proverbs 24:16 NIV). The next time we fail at something, let's not feel bad about our failure but ask ourselves these questions: 'What have I learned? Am I grateful for this experience? How can I turn it into success? Where do I go from here? Who else has failed like this, and how can they help me? How can my experience help others? Did I actually fail, or just fall short of an unrealistically high goal? What did I handle well about this experience?'
If we're willing to view our failure in a positive light and to analyse how we can use what we've learnt in the future, the things we go through will enable us to grow stronger and wiser.
So what now? When was the last time you experienced failure? Ask yourself the questions in this reading, asking, most importantly, God for his wisdom (see James 1:5).
Soulfood: Job 15-17, Matt 24:36-51, Ps 55:1-11, Pro 8:17-18