“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15 (NIV)
“…When we are knocked down, we get up again.” – 2 Corinthians 4:9 (CEV)
The great inventor Charles Kettering suggested that we must learn to fail intelligently. He said, “Once you’ve failed, analyze the problem and find out why because each failure is one more step leading up to the cathedral of success. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try.” Here are three suggestions for turning failure into success:
1. Honestly face defeat; never fake success.
2. Exploit the failure; don’t waste it. Learn all you can from it; every bitter experience can teach us something.
3. Never use failure as an excuse for not trying again.
You may not be able to reclaim the loss, undo the damage, or reverse the consequences, but you can make a new start–wiser, more sensitive, renewed by the Holy Spirit, and more determined to do right. – Charles Kettering
We can fail in many different ways – when we are not able to meet the expectations of our boss in the workplace and we get reprimanded, we flunk an exam, we cheat on our spouse, we lose control of our tongue and say hurtful words to our loved ones…so many ways to fail. But there’s only one way to deal with it – we humbly get up again in His loving grace.
No matter what we’ve done, God is a God of second chances. We’re all under construction, so let Him complete the work He began in you. Tomorrow is a brand new day and His mercies are new every morning.