Sheila's Reflections                                                   

“Failure Can Be A Welcomed Friend”

September 2009

Lamentations 3:22 - It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lamentations 3:23 - They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

During a recent conversation, about how quickly the year is flying by, my thoughts traveled back to January and the goals I had so prayerfully and seriously penned. Right there, while conversing with those precious ladies, the Lord brought to mind that list. In that moment the realization hit me square between the eyes that I had failed pitifully in carrying out the responsibilities required to achieve those goals. Thankfully, that very day Gods’ faithful reminder of my failure literally brought me to my knees, in a state of repentance, over how my focus had wavered off course.

Maybe, like myself, you eagerly started the year off with the best of intentions of staying true and completing the goals God placed in you heart. Now, after taking stock, you realize you haven’t followed through on those promises and find that failure has become the “monkey on your back”.

What we need to understand is that failure can be a welcomed friend if we embrace it, learn from it, and allow it to be a tool that pushes us to the place of re-evaluating where and why we got of course. You see, failure doesn’t always have to be the end of the journey…it can be the beginning of it! What we must do is recognize where we failed and let it become the pathway that redirects us back on course.

So, I challenge each of us that have failed to accomplish our goals, to put the agony of defeat in its place…to get back up and move forward from this day on, allowing failure to push us to succeed. Remember, there’s no shame in failing, the shame is in us not owning up to it, repenting of it, getting up and trying again no matter what time of the year it is.

God bless you until our next visit,
Until then – Remember each morning
is the open door to a new beginning
and new mercies!


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