The apostle Paul wrote,

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Pil 3:14

You have heard it before.  Success in life or in your faith, is a marathon not a sprint.  It is not very likely that one can just sprint through life.  There are too many twists and turns.  You need to slow down and smell the coffee and deal with the obstacles that are thrown in front of you.

There are so many blessings, although sometimes it feels like you have not been thrown a blessing in a while.  I hope you slow down enough to pay attention to the blessings.  They are there.  You will often have to look through the smoke screen the devil throws at you as your negative emotions can take over your thinking and put you in an oppressive darkness. 

If you are not seeing the blessings right now, pray about it.  Take some time off of focusing on the crud and ask God to shine some light on the blessings.  Sometimes you get so deep dark you have to look for just little slivers of light, and as soon as you see one, thank God for it.  That sliver of light will open the way to seeing others and help you develop an attitude of gratitude.

In life and faith, the real key to success is to “press on”

There are blessings we don’t often see as blessings.  Major blessings that we often see as “the crud” of life are our failures.  People who are successful have had many failures.  The difference between success and failure is the ability to take advantage of your failures.  Press on.  You don’t grow when you are not being tested and failure is an incredible opportunity to grow as you press on and learn from your experience.

In Michael Hyatt’s blog post today, Turning failure to Your Advantage, he gives six components to turning failure into your advantage.

    1. Acknowledge the failure: The problem comes when you fail and then refuse to acknowledge it.
    2. Take full responsibility.
    3. Mourn the failure
    4. Learn from the experience.
    5. Change your behavior
    6. Enter wholeheartedly into the next project.

.The apostle James wrote:  ..when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  James 1:2-4

Don’t be held back by your failure.  Use them as a springboard to press on and grow in faith, courage, wisdom, strength, and joy.

Yep… Joy … Who would have thought that failure was an opportunity for joy?  God’s ways are not our ways and we don’t think like God thinks.

How are you doing with your failures?

You can read the rest of Michael Hyatt’s helpful post here …  Turning Failure to Your Advantage