Don’t Be Afraid of Failure (3)
The Psalmist wrote: ‘Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your Word.’ (Psalm 119:67 NKJV) By doing it the wrong way, he eventually learned to do it the right way. The truth is, when you fail in one area, it can drive you to explore other areas. Most of life’s successes are based on the principle of trial and error. Often failure is not falling short of your goal, it’s simply not making the effort. Failure can actually help you discover your area of success. For example, when you hate your job you will likely fail in it. Yet it’s in losing that hated position that you may be pressed to pursue what you really like to do, and are called to do.
Another benefit of failure is that it makes you less judgmental of others. When you’ve experienced failure you become more sympathetic. Instead of pointing an accusing finger, you see the need to extend a helping hand. Instead of saying foolish things like, ‘I can’t believe you did that,’ you remember the pit God dug you out of and say with gratitude and humility, ‘Yep, I’ve been there and made that mistake too.’ You know how it hurts to fail, and you feel their pain because of what you’ve been through. This makes you a better friend, a better mentor and a better example of grace. Jesus told Peter: ‘Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.’ (Luke 22:31–32 NKJV)