Why Failure is GoodPosted: May 1, 2008
More often than not, I’m failing at something. Though I’d like more than anything to hide my failures, it’s never easy to do. Failure comes when you expect it the least and lingers longer than you’d ever like. But if I’ve learned anything in life, it’s that I should embrace failure. Why is failure good? I’ve come up with a few reasons.
1. Past failures prepare you for future successes. It’s the old adage, “Learn from your mistakes”. Failures help you realize what didn’t work, so you can find what will work. And think about it…when your down, there’s no place to go, but up. Let your failures be your greatest teachers.
2. Failures are the best sobriety tests. Look failure in the eye (and never forget to see yourself). Not saying that you are the failure, but in the same regard don’t turn your head when failure holds up the mirror of truth. For the proud, it really does bring you down to size. It helps you realize that you are nothing apart from God and can do nothing without Him. Let it be a litmus test of your humanity.
3. We fail, but God never fails. Failures show us that we are indeed fallen beings. We are marred by sin & are prone to fail (and that’s a good thing). Why? Because all the more, in our failures, we can recognize that God is never failing. In that darkness, the light of his unfailing nature shines the brightest. He is God and we are not. It’s always good to be reminded of that.