Succeeding at failing

Written by on February 15, 2012

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Prov. 19:21, NIV)



“God did not want the beauty of His nature and the glory of His kingdom solely to be represented by the great, the good and the clever. He did not want a Who’s Who of humanity to portray His own magnificence.

“Jesus chose to become despised and rejected. God does not have an image problem. He chose people who had a history of failure. He picked people who had a history of not learning and who repeated their mistakes continuously.”  (Graham Cooke, speaker and author)

If you’re going to be a failure, you’ve got to go all out. Some of us are in Olympic training for a gold medal, practicing around the clock. How do you succeed at failing?

Ask Joseph, who was in the business of premium dream interpretation behind prison bars. Or talk to Peter – who was too chicken to speak up and acknowledge that he knew Jesus. Jonah tried to run away from God, and traveled the seas with a free ticket to Whalesville.

But God loved each of these failures – and used them to lead, to interpret, to speak, to inspire. He gave them second chances.

What does “succeeding at failing” mean to you?
What is the role of failure in our spiritual growth?


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