Failure is not Final
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” – Galatians 6:9
Some never reap because they quit. Everyone will experience failure at some time in life. Paul was a great man but he also had some failures. Paul never established a church in Rome. He had personality problems with others. He even despaired of life (II Corinthians 1:8). Later he learned to be content (Philippians 4:11). Demas left Paul. When failure does comes it will be a time that makes you or breaks you. Your character is tested more in the valley than on the mountain top. People watch for your actions and reactions to failure. You will learn that it is not what happens to you, but in you that makes the difference. Greatness is not determined by what it takes to start you, but what it takes to stop you.
What is a Failure?
A failure is not someone who fails but someone who quits. “Let us not be weary.” There will be times in your life that you become weary, which means tired, fed-up, or discouraged, but keep going and one day you will reap or win. Some world famous people failed but later succeeded because they did not quit. Beethoven was called hopeless by his music teacher. He became deaf and did not hear his music. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. He went bankrupt several times before building Disneyland. Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was too stupid to learn. Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4 years old and didn’t read until he was seven. Teachers described him as mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” F. W. Woolworth’s earlier boss said he had not enough sense to wait upon customers. Henry Ford failed five times before he finally succeeded. Babe Ruth holds the record for strikeouts, l,330 times. Abraham Lincoln was born in poverty, lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. But in l860 he was elected president. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. At age 62, after a lifetime of defeats, he became Prime Minister of England. He spoke only seven words to a class of cadets, “Young men, never quit, never, never, never!”
When you are discouraged – Decide you will never quit!