How are you at failing? Most people don’t fail very well. The most successful people in the world in all areas of life, including spiritually, are people that have learned or are determined to fail well. We live in a country where success is paraded by and celebrated. It is in our face every day. We are taught the American dream and that we can succeed and be anything we want to be if we just work hard enough, set our goals, and go for it.
So…. Why are there so many Americans that don’t succeed? I know there are many different views of success. But…. Why are there so many abandoned dreams? Why all the depression, anxiety, addictions, messed up relationships? Why do so many people just quit and lay down?
Let’s turn the question around. What makes achievers do so well? Why do some people just take off and others get left behind?
When you study people who succeed you find that they do one thing very well. They fail. They have learned that failure is not the end but the beginning. They have realized that the key to success is to fail forward. Thomas Edison said, “I have failed my way to success.”
It seems to be human nature to let failure get us down . Most don’t see failure as a learning experience and a chance to grow. In Leadership Magazine, J. Wallace Hamilton wrote, “The increase of suicides, alcoholics, and even some forms of nervous breakdowns is evidence that many people are training for success when they should be training for failure. Failure is far more common than success; poverty more prevalent than wealth, and disappointment more normal than arrival.”
Are you paralyzed by fear of failure? Do you miss out due to your propensity toward procrastination?
When you look at the biblical heroes of the faith you notice something huge. The people that God uses to achieve God sized successes were a bunch of failures before they became heroes. The devil does not want you to see that and its right there in black and white in the Old Testament and the New. God encourages failing forward.
You are going to fail. That is part of the process of success.
In His last hours on earth, Jesus told Peter he was going to fail miserably. Peter said not me Lord. And we know He and the other eleven did. And then a small group of followers of Jesus, lead by Peter, changed the world by boldly becoming the church of Jesus Christ.
This Saturday night we are going to take a look at what could have been one of the most disastrous failures in the history of the world. When it seemed to His followers to be a moment when Jesus needed them most, they failed. We have the victory of following Jesus today, 2,000 years later, because Jesus taught that failing forward is true success.
My teaching this week is from the Gospel of Luke. I am calling it, “You Are Going to Fail so Fail Forward”.
If you are a part of the LCC family or are looking for a church home I hope to see you on Saturday night at 6:00PM. Bring a friend.