Failure

Failure: lack of success, giving up, quitting, defeated, inability to accomplish tasks

 There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. Laurence J Peter

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

Failure comes when we run out of time and do not achieve success. Whatever it was we sought or whatever reward was to be given, will not happen. We have failed. There are no rewards or diplomas to come our way.

Life has opportunities. It begins and after a time it ends. Will we be a failure or a success? This is not easy to measure. What constitutes successful living? What is success and what is failure? Failure is the lack of success.

During our school days, we were required to learn various subjects. We either passed or failed based on our meeting certain minimum requirements. During the time allotted, we may have struggled from start to finish, but we passed our tests and then passed the class. We did not fail. In some cases we may have been marginally passing, but failed the exam and as a result we failed the class. In this sense, failure is not determined until the allotted time is over. We may be failing, but we have not failed until the opportunity to succeed is no longer available. Even after failing the first time, there may be opportunities to try again, and then if we pass, we may have been delayed, but we passed. We succeeded and we avoided failure. “It is not over until it is over!”

There is a sense of success and failure being determined by how well we do measured against our capabilities. If we are highly capable and fail to achieve highly, we are not very successful. If we are rather limited, but through hard work, perseverance, and a winning attitude, do well compared to abilities, we are successful. Succeeding and failing is more of an indication of how we are doing at any given moment. Failure or success is not really determined to the end of the given time.  

Some of us perform marginally compared to our capabilities. We are not living up to our potential. We are not studying, learning and challenging ourselves as we should. It falls on our own shoulders to determine whether we are succeeding or failing at any point in time. Chances are if we are really trying, doing the best we can; then it is likely we are succeeding. If we are not putting effort into our life as we should, are we really succeeding?  

Challenge:  Chances are you can put more effort into your life than you are. What prevents this? You should be monitoring, measuring, and analyzing how you are doing. There should be things you know you do well and there are things that need improving. Make a commitment to try harder, do a little more to make progress every day. Take on some of your weakness, chip away at them. The goal should be to grow a little every day.   

WisdomYou gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Spiritual: (NIV)

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2

 In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

 We must have hunger and desire to become better than we are. It is hard to make significant progress until this becomes a priority. We will remain stagnant and complacent. It is easier to stay put than it is to venture forward. It takes effort to overcome inertia. An exciting truth is that God has a plan for us, he wants us to succeed. He wants us to accomplish good and worthwhile things in our life. He will help us if we will but ask.

Prayer:   Help me to see and to know. Help me to become the person you designed me to be. Help me succeed.

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