As I was reading through my Twitter acount yesterday morning there seemed to be a common theme among alot of the leaders I respect:
@JohnCMaxwell: Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure. -Soichiro Honda
@DailyKeller: "Jesus delivered his people not through great triumph, but through crushing defeat."
@DaveRamsey: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”― Winston Churchill
The question is not how will you respond if you fail, but rather, how will you respond when you fail? Maybe you're there right now. Maybe you're looking at your house, your family, your work situation, or your personal life and it falls dismally short of where you thought it would be or where you wanted it to be. Maybe your efforts to hold it all together are no longer working and it's falling apart. Maybe a dream you always held onto just died.
How do you get up today? How do you not lose enthusiasm? How do you now throw in the towel and give up? I love the words from Lamentations 3. These words are all the more powerful when you realize their context. They are written by Jeremiah after the destruction of Jerusalem. If there was ever a time to want to throw in the towel and give up hope, this was it for Jeremiah. Yet, check out his words:
"17 I gave up on life altogether. I've forgotten what the good life is like. 18 I said to myself, "This is it. I'm finished. God is a lost cause." It's a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God 19 I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. 20 I remember it all - oh, how well I remember - the feeling of hitting the bottom. 21 But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: 22 God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. 23 They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! 24 I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left. 25 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. 26 It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God."
So when failure and brokenness come, let's not fear, but once again cling to the God who is bigger than our failures and difficulties we face. Truly, His resources and power are inexhaustible and available to us today!