Do We Have To Go There?
I once asked a friend this question: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase Ingest every lesson?
She laughed and said, “Heartburn.”
Although my friend was only kidding, she was onto something.
When we ingest something, we take it in and absorb all it has to offer. For example, to live, we must take in food so our bodies can get the nutrients they need. If we don’t get the nutrients we need, our bodies won’t grow or function properly. And as we all know, sometimes when we eat we get heartburn.
Heartburn is uncomfortable. It’s troublesome. And it can keep you up at night. When I have heartburn, all I want to do is find something to extinguish the fire in my chest so I can forget about it and go back to sleep. (Praise Jesus for antacids!)
Much like heartburn, our failures are painful, troublesome, uncomfortable to think about, and sometimes they do keep us up at night. And I don’t know about you, but I would much rather extinguish the pain they bring by forgetting they ever happened.
Learning from our failures works the same way. To learn we have to take in knowledge. If we want to grow from our failures, we have to be willing examine them, so we learn from them. It’s a painful process, but if we try to forget or ignore our failures, we will only stunt our growth. The knowledge we gain from evaluating our failures will help us to do better.
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We aren’t in this by ourselves. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us we will face trouble in this world. What kind of trouble? All kinds. Including the type called Failure. But Jesus doesn’t leave us without hope. What does he say we will have in him despite the trouble we will face in this world? Peace.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.” As we learn to depend on the Lord’s strength rather than our own, he provides us with the peace we need to face our shortcomings. Once we can meet them head-on, we can seek God with a willing heart and ask for help.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God wants us to come to him for direction, but as the text goes on to say in James 1:6, he expects us to trust and apply that wisdom. If we utilize the wisdom God freely provides, we can be more successful in the areas we have been trying forget. It won’t be easy, and we will probably still mess up. But with the Lords’ help, we can start to look at our mistakes as detours that offer growth opportunities instead of dead ends that lead to nowhere.
Lord your word tells us not to be anxious for anything (Phil. 4:6-7) Help us remember to bring our requests to you so that we can rest in your perfect peace. When we do fall short, help us to grow from our mistakes and to apply what we have learned. We thank you that we can depend on your strength to carry us through the troubles we face. We ask that you’ll guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus so that His power burns bright enough in us for all to see. In Jesus, name Amen!
Thank you Thank you for joining me for part three of When The Answer Is To Fail. I hope and pray these words will fill you with the hope and encouragement you need as you learn to turn failures into successes.
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