Often times in life we are faced with failure. In school it could be a failed relationship, a failed test, a failed hairdo. In adulthood it could be a failed marriage, a failed job, failed finances, or a failed weight loss. We have all failed at something and if you haven’t then as my pastor always say’s “keep living”.
Failure should not be the scar on our life that many of us allow it to be. The scar is the devils way of holding us down and keeping us down. He is that voice constantly whispering in our ear,” you know they are laughing at you. You know you aren’t pretty enough. You know you aren’t smart enough. You know they would never hirer you.” I know you’ve heard it; we all have at one time or another in our life.
The question is how did you handle it?
Here is my answer….
Yup, that’s right. Call on Jesus! He is there with you every second of every day just waiting for you to ask for His help. All you have to do is cry out to him. The Bible tells us “He will never leave us or forsake us” and in Philippians 4:13 the Bible tells us “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Just look at David and Goliath, a young awkward lad who was sent out to face a giant. David boldly marched towards Goliath placed his stone in his sling shot pulled back the band and without doubt shot Goliath in the head.
Now some would say anyone in their right mind would look at the small boy, the small stone and the giant and know that there is no possible way that David could have killed Goliath, it just couldn’t have happened. “Oh yea of little faith” it is not only true it is possible for each and every one of us. Would you like to know the secret that David knew that allowed him to charge boldly into battle with someone who by all rights and purposes should have been able to smash him? It’s fairly simple although most people tend to try to twist it all up and make it confusing. See David knew that it was not “by his strength” but that is was “through God who strengthens him”
David understood that he alone could not face the giant; he alone would walk out there and surely die. So he took the only weapon he truly needed and that was “FAITH”. David knew that although he didn’t have what it took to kill Goliath in his own rights that God did!
Do you realize you have that same opportunity in your life? Do you understand that you can call on Jesus at any time good or bad? A matter of fact He wants you to call on Him. David didn’t fail because he walked out on faith; he trusted that God had his back. He didn’t walk out on the battle field listening to the devils taunts and lies. Oh and you bet your patootie the devil was trying to stop him. I can hear him whispering in his ear now, “David you know you can’t kill Goliath, you know you aren’t strong enough to go up against him. You have no army, nobody behind you. Goliath will tear you to shreds. Don’t be stupid David you are too weak.” Then I can picture David shrugging the Devil off “Devil I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty God flee from me”. Woo hoo!!!! That’s right FLEE FROM ME!!!
What an awesome feeling to know that all I have to do is call on the Lord God Almighty!
I just want to point out also, even had he failed at killing Goliath (had that not been God’s plan) David would have still been victorious. You see, our failures make us strong, they build our character, they mold us and shape us, they teach us. Without them we cannot have success. Let’s look at some people in life who have failed only to become successful this is an insert from the book “I’m Not Good Enough” by Sharon Jaynes;
v After Fred Astaire’s first screen test in 1933, the director noted, “Can’t act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”
v Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Woman, was encouraged to find work as a servant or a seamstress.
v Beethoven’s violin teacher once told him he was a “hopeless composer.”
v Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas.
v Thomas Edison’s teacher said he was too stupid to learn anything.
v Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His teachers describe him as mentally slow.
v Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
v Henry Ford failed and went bankrupts five times before he finally succeeded.
v Babe Ruth set the home-run record (714), but he also once held the record for the most strikeouts (1,330).
v Winston Churchill failed sixth grade.
v Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book, And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers. The 28th publisher, Vanguard Press, sold six million copies of the book.
v In 1902, the poetry editor of the Atlantic Monthly returned the poems of a 28-year-old poet with the following note: “Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse.” The poet was Robert Frost.
v In 1889, Rudyard Kipling received the following rejection letter from the San Francisco Examiner: “I’m sorry; Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.”
v One basketball player missed 9,000 shots in his career. He lost more than 300 games. Twenty-six times he was trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. His name is Michael Jordan. He said, “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.”
Wow! Maybe you should read that list again. Failure does not define us unless we allow it too. The one thing all these men and women have in common is that they did not allow their failure to stop them from trying. They didn’t allow their failure to stop them from believing they could be successful. The only thing stopping you is you, step out of your own way and allow God to work in your life.
For me personally I don’t look at failure the same as a lot of people. Most people look at failure as “dang I got out there and danced and missed a step everyone saw me fail” or “I got an “F” on that test I can’t believe I failed it” Me on the other hand I look at both those things as a success. Why? Because I tried. As long as I put my all into it, no matter what the outcome I have succeeded. For me my only true failure is never to have tried at all.
Remember that just like David all you have to carry with you is your “Faith”. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” Proverbs 16:3.