Moving Forward from Failure
Philippians 3:13-14 NKJ
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I
do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to
those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of
the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
“The single most important difference between champion achievers
and average people is their ability to handle rejection and failure.”
“The increase in suicides, alcoholics, drug addiction, and even some
forms of nervous breakdowns are evidence that many people are
training for success when they should be training for failure.” – J.
Wallace Hamilton (Leadership magazine)
Ecclesiastes 7:20 GNT
There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and
never makes a mistake.
Moving Forward from Failure:
- Accept responsibility.
MOVING BACKWARD: MOVING FORWARD:
BLAMES OTHERS ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY
REPEATS SAME MISTAKES LEARNS FROM MISTAKES
FEARS FAILING AGAIN UNDERSTANDS FAILURE IS
PART OF PROCESS
ALLOWS PAST FAILURES ALLOWS FAITH TO PUSH
TO PUT LID ON LIFE THROUGH FAILURES
WORRIES THAT PEOPLE REALIZES GOD VIEWS THEM
WILL VIEW THEM THROUGH THE LENS OF
THROUGH FAILURES RIGHTEOUSNESS
THINKS “I’M A FAILURE.” THINKS “I NEED TO DO
- See failure as temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJ
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look
at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For
the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not
seen are eternal.
“There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a
winner, but there is only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and
not look beyond your failures.” – Kyle Rote Jr.
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
2 Corinthians 10:12 NKJ
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those
who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by
themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not
Galatians 6:4 TLB
Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will
have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to
compare himself with someone else.
- Strengthen yourself in the Lord.
1 Samuel 30:1-6 NKJ
Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the
third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag,
attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the
women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not
kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. So David and
his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their
wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then
David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and
wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives,
Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the
Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly
distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of
all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters.
But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Proverbs 24:16a NKJ
For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again…
- Never give up on what God has placed in your heart.