Marami tao gusto maging succcessful and you will see a lot of bookstore selling self-help books such as: “How To Succeed.” But life is not at all a bed of roses, we fail and we get hurt, we get into a position and circumstances in life where we never wanted to be there but life took us there to ‘that’ place and with that person, whether we liked it or not.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” Yes you can play safe but it may not be as enjoyable and challenging. There is not much fun. Have you driven and saw a slow-moving vehicle, na parang pagong kung lumakad? I am not here to persuade you to drive like Lewis Hamilton and break road traffic rules…but my point is by driving very ‘safely’ which is analogous to slow may not be as fun.
od understands that not everyone is perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be successful. There are many characters in the bible that didn’t always live up to expectations of the Lord, but it didn’t stop them from becoming amazing Christians.
But the reality of life is that failure is one of those ugly realities and truth of life that makes us all humans. But it should not be failure that defines us but how we handle the failures, or our response that make us mature and a better person. Marami sa mga giants of faith ang nagkaroon ng failures. I could name but a few: Abraham, Moises, David, Peter and Paul.
Thus, the ability to handle failure in its various forms and degrees is a vital part of the spiritual life and another sign of maturity. A careful study of the Bible reveals that most of the great figures of Scripture experienced failure at one time or another, yet those failures did not keep them from effective service for God. As a partial list, this was true of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, and Peter. Though they failed at some point, and often in significant ways, they not only recovered from their failure, but they used it as a tool of growth—they learned from their failure, confessed it to God, and were often able to be used in even mightier ways.
Joseph was 17 the first time he had his dreams about ruling over his family. We can read in the bible though the dream wasn’t about being their king or boss, as his brothers misinterpreted it. No, bowing before Joseph, in the dream, didn’t mean he was going to be the king of Israel or the leader of the family. The dreams meant that Joseph was going to be divinely placed in a position with the power and the influence to save Israel, not only as a family, but as a future nation.
Genesis 41: 39-42 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
If Joseph lived in our time, everyone would probably consider him a loser, but God knew his heart, just as He knows yours. If you stay loyal, faithful to God, and keep exercising that gift or talent he has given you, there will be a day when victory will come. You will arise, not to be king, rich or famous, but to be in a position of influence where God will use you in a mighty way – not for your glory, but for his glory.
There will be some time in your life where people will subject to mockery and laugh at you because you’re doing something to improve your life. But do not be discouraged, if you look at the life of great bible characters, they failed miserably but it did not stop God from making them great.
People will discourage you because of the following:
- Envy – naiingit sila sa iyo dahil hindi nila kaya ang ‘guts’ mo
- Disbelief – hindi sila naniniwala na makakaya mo or magtatagumpay ka sa mga plano
- Dirty politics – takot sila malampasan mo sila
- For no other reason – baka ayaw lang nila talaga sa iyo ‘period’ yung tipong kahit sino basta wag lang ikaw.
But when your dreams are so vivid, so alive, so real and so personal, why would you be afraid? Dare to fail! Kelangan you learn to take that ‘calculated’ risk. Kase may mga risk na hindi tama o basta suntok sa buwan. I am talking about a risk which has been thought carefully and studied rigourously. Akala mo ba basta may pwesto nagtatayo na lang ang mga 7-11, Jollibee, or McDonalds. Why do these multinational corporations thrive and prosper? Because they carefully study the market…they do feasibility study. They see the facts and the figures.
After knowing that it is highly likely to succeed, give it a go. But like Warren Buffet said: “Don’t put your two feet immediately…” Kelangan maingat din. But yung pagiging maingat ay hindi naman maging paralyzed kase masyado mong na-analysed ang facts na hindi kana nakagalaw. This is also known as “para-nalyzed.” Peter took the risk to walk on the water the moment he was clear that it was Jesus calling him.
Don’t worry about the darkness and the storms, it is when Jesus turn up!
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or death? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:35-39).
As a believer we seek to use failures as lessons for growth and change. Mature believers will act on two principles: (a) They understand that failures remind us of the consequences of our decisions. We reap what we sow. This is the law of harvest. Failures remind us of what can happen, they can make us careful, but they should not be allowed to paralyze us. (b) The mature believer recognizes that our failures show us what we should and should not do; they become lessons in where we went wrong and why. You know what they say, “hindsight is 10/20.” It can help us avoid the same mistake twice if we will learn from history.
Thomas Edison invented the microphone, the phonograph, the incandescent light, the storage battery, talking movies, and more than 1000 other things. December 1914 he had worked for 10 years on a storage battery. This had greatly strained his finances. This particular evening spontaneous combustion had broken out in the film room. Within minutes all the packing compounds, celluloid for records and film, and other flammable goods were in flames. Fire companies from eight surrounding towns arrived, but the heat was so intense and the water pressure so low that the attempt to douse the flames was futile. Everything was destroyed. Edison was 67.
With all his assets going up in a whoosh (although the damage exceeded two million dollars, the buildings were only insured for $238,000 because they were made of concrete and thought to be fireproof), would his spirit be broken?
The inventor’s 24-year old son, Charles, searched frantically for his father. He finally found him, calmly watching the fire, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind. “My heart ached for him,” said Charles. “He was 67—no longer a young man—and everything was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, ‘Charles, where’s your mother?’ When I told him I didn’t know, he said, ‘Find her. Bring her here. She will never see anything like this as long as she lives.’”
The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver the first phonograph.
Do you know why men and women of God have their doubts and want to ask God for explanations and signs? Because God actually calls smart people; intelligent, wise people with their own point of view of the situation God is trying to change. Doubts and questions are not bad; God knows you have something you’ve been trying to ask him for a long time. The failure is in giving in to the doubts and getting defeated by our lack of insider’s (divine) information. You must persevere even if you don’t understand and that’s how we actually learn wisdom. You must know the information you need, but persevering will teach you how and when to apply it and this, my friend, is called wisdom.
God sees in you something beyond your own understanding of your skills, traits and talents. He is looking for Godly wisdom not a perfect IQ level. By the way, I know very successful people with a below average GPA, and many of their employees have a perfect level.
Let’s read about Isaiah 6:18 (here I am, send me) antithesis. Read below Gideon’s response to God, because it sounds like: “Here I am not, can you send someone else?
1 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Oprah (Ophra!!!) that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”
And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”
Long story short, God gave Gideon the signs he was asking for. Gideon finally decides to go against the Midianites, but God had to train him and teach him some organization and logistics along the way and this was probably the time when the Israelites created Krav-Maga. (You should see a Krav-Maga fight, I’m sure you will support my tongue in cheek theory).
After reading about Gideon, he definitely doesn’t strike me as the typical Israelite hero but, hey, who can debate with God and win? Guess who… you and I can. Gideon was a hero, a warrior in God’s heart just as you are. You can debate God about why you believe He is wrong and He may even concede some of your requests and changes to the calling, but you are still a hero and your time of victory will come if you believe him. I didn’t say, if you believe in him. I said, if you believe him. There is a difference between those 2 “believe”.
Mature believers grow through failure. They will know and act on certain truths:
- We are accepted in the Lord on the basis of Grace, not our performance.
- We are human and, as a result, we are not now perfect nor will we ever be.
- God still has a plan for our lives. God is not through with us yet, and we need to get on with His plan.