A famous clergyman often asked; “What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” He understood that the number one reason for failure, is the fear of failure and thus no attempt was made to succeed. The number two reason for failure is to start and then stop too soon.
Here’s some advice from a man who failed over ten thousand times on one project:
“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison.
If a preacher gets run out of town in the middle of the night, he is called a failure. If he engages in speech that is termed repugnant by the hearers, he is called a failure. If for some reason or another a preacher lands in the pokey, you got it, a failure. Some well-known preachers were tortured and martyred while in prison, thus they failed.
I must pause to point out that the above list includes, but is not limited to, John Wesley, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Bunyan and the Apostle Paul.
What is my point?
Simple. Each had as a life goal to preach the gospel of Christ to the known world. Along the way, they hit, figuratively, brick walls. They did not count the “brick wall” as a total failure, but a phase of the whole that did not work out as they had planned. They picked up the pieces and went on with their life and calling. Bonhoeffer and Paul gave it all in Satanic prisons. If you die serving Jesus Christ, you are not a failure. If you fail in noble undertakings, you are not a failure.
Over the Fifty-Six years of my conversion, most of which has been used preaching Christ and Him crucified, risen and returning, I have experienced numerous failures, some colossal. By God’s grace, I continue. No one I know of know of ever succeeded in everything they attempted. My best friends also had some failures along the way. The goal of Christians is to, at the last day, be found faithful. One way to do this is to, by His grace, stay at it, whatever “it” He has entrusted to you.
1Cor 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (NKJV).
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