I was driving down the road a couple days ago when I saw one of those novelty license plates on the car in front of me. My 47 year old eyes couldn’t make out what the top line said but the bottom line said “Initial Success or Total Failure.” My first thought was, “How sad. This poor person must live with fear or failure every day.” That thought may have been judgmental because as he pulled up to the traffic light, I was able to read the top line. It said, “Bomb Technician.” He is right. In his line of work, success is a necessity every time, because you can’t come back from failure.
I’m guessing it’s not the same in your line of work. For most of us failure is not just inevitable, it’s necessary. The only people who never fail are God, Jesus and people who never try anything. Almost every great success is born like a phoenix from the ashes of a multitude of failures. Don’t fear failure, learn from it, grow from it. If you try often you will most likely fail often, but you won’t ever do anything great, you won’t live your God-given purpose without trying. Maybe we need to come up with a new word for these intermediate failures. Perhaps pre-successes.
A failure’s not a failure unless you quit and fail to try again.
Bible Reading Guide
An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
Judges 21; 1 Samuel 1; 1 Timothy 1
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