Bring on failure??? Wow Tim, that’s real encouraging. Thanks for the good news. With friends like you who needs enemies?
Actually it is good news. Think about it. If you succeeded in everything you did, would you ever improve? Would you ever get better? Would you grow? I think not.
Failing is never fun and it often hurts. Sometimes it can be downright crushing. If you say failure sucks you would be right but it only sucks when you are going through it.
The beauty in failure is it teaches you success. If you failed and you will at one point or another, (we are built that way), you have learned what does not work. We don’t get to pick and choose what we fail at but hopefully whatever it is for you, you do not get stuck in it. Escaping failure is not an option and getting stuck in it is a choice. You can focus on the failed attempt or you can choose to say, ok that didn’t work. Let me move on to something that does.
There is a bright side in failure. I promise you. There really is. You just have to look for it. If Henry Ford’s team didn’t fail 936 times on how not to build an eight-cylinder engine, there would be no successful working model on the 937th try. He said something along the lines of I didn’t fail. I just learned 936 ways not to make the motor.
Failure is the price you pay on the journey to destiny. The Killers have a song Mr. Brightside. It is says:
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
‘Cause I’m Mr. Brightside
Bruce has a song “The price you pay.” He goes on to say oh the price you pay, oh the price you pay, now you can’t walk away from the price you pay and you’ve gotta stand and fight for the price you pay.
Failure is the price we pay for success. I cannot walk away from the price I paid for a failed marriage. It happened. I now know what does not work in a marriage. Heck, who knows? I just may end up as a marriage counselor one day. I can share with married folks what not to do.
My next marriage (one-day), I trust is going to be an off-the-charts successful union of two souls tied together for eternity. Even in our failure God finds a way to use us for His glory and I believe God will be pleased with my next marriage as my new bride and I start our day worshiping and pleasing our true “Father.” As a successful failure, I have so much to look forward to. Bad things happen but God promises to turn those things to good for those that serve Him-Romans 8:28.
My failure is the price I paid for the awesome life I have today which is only going to get better with each day and the more I learn and grow closer to my Lord Jesus Christ. God restored me and is continuing to restore me on a daily basis and He will do the same for you when you place your full trust in Him.
When you fail, turn your failure over to God Himself. Ask for His wisdom and then trust His new road for you. It’s part of a plan, in fact if it’s God’s plan, it is a perfect plan. My response to failure is if I can borrow a movie title from my daughter’s favorite movie when she was 9 years old is, “Bring it On.”
I am hesitant to post an article stating I am a failure; however I need to follow my own advice. I just read my Face Book status from this morning and I wrote, “Our personal development is stifled when we are controlled by what others think. Be yourself and do it well.” Therefore, I choose not to worry about who will judge me, if one person benefits from reading this and finds encouragement, and then it’s worth it.
So there you have it. I am me. I am an open and honest guy on a journey that wants to help people recover from divorce, depression, and failure. I hope this writing today shows you that we need to fail and it is ok to fail. Never let past or current failure impede your full potential. It produces good fruit. Nothing great is accomplished without failure. We all fail. Are you strong enough to admit it? Allow me to encourage you. Face failure, invite it in and say “Bring it On.”