Failure? Not me.

Failure is not final …. unless you accept it as such.

Do you ever feel like a failure?

There is a difference between a noun and a verb.

I failed (verb) is very different from I am a failure (noun). Sure we all fail, but that does not mean we are a failure.

Failure often entraps us in the snare of loneliness, leaving us feeling like we alone are a failure. A failure complex just gets deeper if this misconception is allowed.

Loneliness often accompanies fear. A failure complex results in a morose feeling, a deep feeling of loneliness. It prompts a feeling of being such a “bummer” we don’t deserve friends.  You are not alone. First, the most successful people often fail. Primarily, you are not alone, God knows you and is right there with you in your highs and lows.

An outstanding basketball player went into a failure funk and though being an exceptionally good shooter he slacked off shooting. He was reminded that he had always been a shooter who had previously hit a high percent of his shots.

Therefore, every time he shot and missed he should run down the court rejoicing in that the missed shot increased the likelihood the next one would go in, so keep shooting. He went on to become an All American.

Remember, “…for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again….” (Proverbs 24: 16)

William Tyndale aspired to translate the Bible into English. The idea was such an affront the established church put a bounty on his head. He persevered and taught himself Hebrew in order to make the translation. Fervently he worked from dawn to dusk until he completed his desire. For him failure was not final.

Sparky aspired to be an artist, but a teacher dashed his hopes. As an awkward kid with a bad complex he barely graduated from high school. He submitted cartoons for inclusion in the high school annual, all of which were rejected. However he, Charles Schultz, and his little friend Charlie Brown went on to become world famous.

When you are down and out lift up your head and shout…

                            “I’m down and out, BUT

         I’m a child of the loving God who lifts me up and helps me out.”

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Corinthians 12:9-10)