Spiritual Wisdom & Guidance (Jan 28, 2016)
Failure is something that we try to avoid at all cost. The mere fact of failing at something causes tension, worry, and anxiety. Anytime someone fails, they may feel depressed and seek to fall into a bucket of pity. Unfortunately, we will all face some disappointments in life, but the key is to rise above the disappointments and look forward to possibility and opportunity. Confucius said, "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." If you're not down with Confucius, perhaps Donnie McClurkin said it best, "We fall down but we get back up."The movie Rocky offers an excellent example of refusing to fail. As you may recall in the movie, Rocky Balboa was an average street fighter who was given the opportunity to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship. On paper, Rocky didn't have a chance, but one thing Rocky had going for himself was his heart. In other words, he had a will to win. If you've ever been knocked down in life and God has picked you up, you should have the mentality of refusing to fail. As Rocky fought the Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed, he faced severe punches and was knocked down several times, however, he refused to quit. Every time Rocky's corner pleaded with him to stay down and quit, Rocky would find the strength to get back up.In writing to the people of Corinth, the apostle Paul uplifted this generation of believers with these words, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." Others can't define you because they didn't create you nor did they save you. Inner strength can't be purchased but only acquired through a relationship with God Almighty. God didn't call you to fail but to be victorious. Anything we do for the Lord will bring about rewards. Failure causes us to miss out on what God has for us.Our efforts will not be in vain but in preparation for the blessings to come.Please be prayerful for us as we will be for you.
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