Monthly Archives: January 2012

Would you like some failure with that?


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:

II Chronicles 15:7

Galatians 6:9

The Importance of Self Esteem


Self esteem is an important topic because it affects the types of decisions you make. Having a healthy regard for yourself will be reflected in your daily decisions. Having a low self esteem will also show in your decisions because you will make ones that don’t value your heart, mind, and body. For example, a person with a high self esteem would not take on a babysitting job on a day that is already jam packed. They would understand they need down time, time to gather their thoughts, and a healthy meal in the middle of a stressful day. They would say no and take the necessary time out for their health. It is vital to take care of yourself because no one else can or should.

God does not want you to compromise His perfect plan for you. He wants you to value His gorgeous creation (that’s you!) and follow His will for your life. He loves what He made and wants you to love it too! God has adopted those who have accepted His son, Jesus, as daughters. So, if you’re a daughter of the King, you have a whole LOT of value. God has filled us with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3), has a great plan for each one of us (Jeremiah 29:11), and has seated us in the heavenly realms in Christ (Ephesians 2:6).

For some, learning your worth takes time and effort. Meditating on what God says about you in His Word should be your first course of action. One method I used that was effective was writing down 10 attributes about myself that were positive. Two such characteristics were “I am nice” and “I care about people”. As I listed these out, I began to see a clearer picture of myself (not just the negative). When I was finished with my list, I read it to a woman I trusted. Seeing the list on paper and then showing it to someone else cemented the fact that my personality is balanced and I do have things to offer other people.

Remember, God made you unique, special, and just for His specific purposes. Celebrate your great worth!