All of the above to share another gem, this one attributed to Sir Edmund Hilliary who was in all likelihood quoting another mountain climber from some twenty years prior. If Sir Edmund did not say this, he should have. The setting is a meeting in London and Hilliary’s closing remark, while he turns slightly, points to a large picture of Mt. Everest and says, "Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I'll beat you the next time because you've grown all you are going to grow...but I'm still growing!" - Sir Edmund Hillary
The principle of having the determination of growing wiser, increasing in expert knowledge is part of overcoming things that previously defeat you.
God gives us this principle as Christ to get up when we fail, brush off the dirt, and try, try again, only with each try we carry with us the lessons learned. Being an old man I often use the word, excelsior, meaning onward and upward. Tragically, a younger generation searches for this in a vending machine or perhaps a smart phone app.
The Bible clearly teaches that we are not to be satisfied with our current level of spirituality, or spiritual knowledge, but to be in a constant state of growing in the grace and wisdom of Jesus Christ. Peter gives the tried and true methodology concerning this growth when he writes in 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” The same meaning is carried in 1 Thessalonians 3:12 “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:”
Grow and increase are both from the Greek, Auxano, and in other places is translated, enlarge.
The point of this article is to encourage you to learn that when you fail in some way, God is more than willing to use this failure as a learning experience in your life, to better equip you to accomplish His purpose in your life. Many times our failures are due to refusing to do a thing that needs to be done, His way, using His methods and the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with His Word.
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