When You Fail

I’ve never met a person who enjoys failing & most of us avoid stuff that has a high risk for failing.  But there are LOADS of people in the Bible who failed, took risks and some had tremendous successes – usually after they had overcome some significant failure hurdles.  Some examples would include:

  • Jacob’s son, Joseph:  failed with his brothers, but became 2nd in command to Pharoah in Egypt & rescued his family from famine
  • Jacob:  tricked his brother & father, but went on to become “Israel” and the founder of the Twelve Tribes
  • Saul / Paul:  gave hearty approval at Stephen’s martyrdom & became the largest contributing author to the New Testament in addition to founding the majority of early churches on two continents

When you fail, keep in mind some helpful perspectives:

  • failing is a verb, but failure is a noun:  one can change but the other is more permanent
  • the greatest lessons often come from failing more than succeeding
  • failing can the essential fertilizer for redemption
  • no failure is beyond God’s power & love to transform into beauty, resurrection, abundance and divine success!

some thoughts about making decisions

 Lately, I’ve been facing some fairly tricky decisions & it’s been a little unsettling.  Here are a few brief thoughts that have helped me:

  • gather helpful information – talk with others who have faced similar decisions to get their inputs, do some research, get smart
  • be aware of your own frame of mind – if you’re discouraged or in a place of euphoria, these perspectives have an impact on your thoughts and evaluation processes
  • analysis can become paralysis – sometimes analyzing and evaluating can be used to delay an actual decision;  it can even happen that the results of indecision can be more damaging than the results of a wrong or bad decision
  • no analysis or evaluation can cross into “stupid land”, so be careful on this one
  • pray & listen:  my experience is that my best decisions are made after I take the time & energy to ask God for His input & wisdom & then listen & listen well

Have you found other things to be helpful with decision making???