As a business professor, I lecture in management classes about failure. Most people in the world want as little failure as possible in their lives and careers because failure is viewed as negative. When people fail, they tend to think they did something wrong. I think God uses our failure, though we tried our hardest, to keep us humble and so our attitude is always one in which we acknowledge God knows what’s best for us. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Let me tell you, when I fail, I’m all ears!
The next time you fail, consider yourself in good company! Some of the greatest inventors and business people have a long history of failure. Even our former President, Abraham Lincoln, was a role-model for failing and refusing to give up. What does failure really mean? It means you tried…you took a risk…you believed in yourself. So why feel bad? God wants you to believe in yourself and to try new things –He applauds stepping out in faith.
I have failed at many things that I wanted to desperately succeed at. When I failed, I felt alone and defeated. It really took studying leaders from the Bible to discover, it wasn’t failure that was dangerous, it was giving up that I had to be concerned with. Now, I bounce back from it quicker, but the stakes are higher as you grow deeper in your faith.
Do you have a story of rising up out of the ashes that you would like to share? It might just encourage someone who needs it!
Scripture to study on not giving up: