What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Ted Williams was arguably one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. He hit. 400 and is now enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. But Ted failed to get on base six out of every ten times he went to bat.
We often forget successes and dwell on failures. We forget failure is never final, and by doing so we allow failure to paralyze our ministry.
There are many things about our past we would like to erase. Most of us, if it were possible, would change something in our histories. Would you like to take back a promise broken, a word spoken in anger, an action taken in haste, or a decision made unwisely?
There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
Remember this: Failure is universal. James 3:2 reminds us, “we all stumble in many ways.” Perhaps you are failing now in some area of life. But the key to getting past failure is to learn from it. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you went wrong, the root cause of your fall. Then work with him to fix what needs to be fixed and go on.
It’s important to reflect on the fact that Jesus Christ loves you and believes in you despite your failures. See the exciting work he has for you. He has chosen you to spread his Word. And whenever you stumble, he will pick you up, brush you off, and set you back on track—brighter and smarter than when you started.