Responding To Failure

“A righteous person may fall…but he gets up again.”            Proverbs 24:16 GWT

You can tell a lot about somebody by how they respond to life. Everybody gets knocked down, but how fast you get up again is what counts.  Verla Gillmor says: “Failure teaches us things we can’t learn any other way…Treat it as a visitor allowed to deliver unpleasant news, but don’t let it take up residence.  Remember, all failures aren’t equal.  For example, when a beautiful, talented young woman is first-runner-up in the Miss America Pageant, we say she failed.  Yet some people would give their right arm to be named the second most attractive female in a national competition.

It’s a matter of perspective…examine your failures and weigh them according to their importance in the overall scheme of things…I once received a ‘D’ in college…It’s ridiculous, but that sticks in my mind like a pebble in my shoe.  Why do I fixate on that and not the fact that it happened the semester I carried nineteen credit hours worked part-time, got engaged, and spent six weeks in the college health center with mononucleosis?  When I put the experience in context, it loses its power to undermine my confidence.  Failure teaches us what’s important.  I’ve a friend who was downsized out of a job…it caught her by surprise because she was good at her work.  ‘I tended to be full of pride,’ she says.  ‘I got away with it because I was so successful.  Losing my job…humbled me.  With pride you have no permission to fail.  It’s a heavy yoke…and I don’t wear it any more.  I feel lighter in my spirit without the burden of having to be perfect.'”


This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today