Try, Try Again

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 31st May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Failure is not a valid option! Everyone fails occasionally, what is important is not that you failed, but that you pick yourself up and continue on.

Luke 5:4-5

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. (Luke 5:4-5)

The great inventor Charles Kettering suggested that we must learn to fail intelligently. He said, “Once you’ve failed analyze the problem and find out why, because each failure is one more step leading up to the cathedral of success. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try.” Here are three suggestions for turning failure into success:

1. Honestly face defeat; never fake success.
2. Exploit the failure; don’t waste it. Learn all you can from it; every bitter experience can teach us something.
3. Never use failure as an excuse for not trying again.

You may not be able to reclaim the loss, undo the damage, or reverse the consequences, but you can make a new start–wiser, more sensitive, renewed by the Holy spirit, and more determined to do right.

We’ve all failed at one time or another. Theodore Roosevelt said, “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” Failure is never final. If we are able to learn from our mistakes, we become the better person for it.

How you handle a failure can mean the difference between a life of bitterness and defeat, or a life full of victory and success. At times it seems as if some people have all the luck, everything they touch turns to gold. It’s great to be that person, but for the rest of us God has some words of encouragement.

Failure will always occur. Everyone fails at something! Failing at something does not make you a failure. Henry Ford was right when he said that failure was the “opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.”

Everybody experiences failure, and everybody experiences the fear of failure. Abraham gave up on God and had a baby with the maid. Moses killed a man. David committed adultery, and Peter denied Christ. God still took each of these men and used them to lead His people to new and greater heights.

Will Rogers’ stage specialty used to be rope tricks. One day, on stage, in the middle of his act, he got tangled in is lariat. Instead of getting upset, he drawled, “A rope ain’t so bad to get tangled up in if it ain’t around your neck.” The audience roared. Encouraged by the warm reception, Rogers began adding humorous comments to all his performances. It was the comments, not the rope tricks, that eventually made him famous.

To achieve success, giving up is not really an option. Sure, it may seem like the easiest way to go about it, but if you give up you will never succeed. You don’t have to give up just because you experience a setback.

Recovering from a failure takes faith. Simon believed that Jesus was going to do something, so even though he had failed numerous times during that fishing expedition he lowered His nets. He had faith!

When you fail, and you will fail, just remember that failure is not permanent. Get up, dust yourself off, and believe that God is going to use you for great things!


Devotional, Encouragement, Encouraging, Persistence, Positive

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Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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