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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Succeed at Failing

Scripture to reflect upon: 2 Corinthians 13:5-6
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.

My whole life has been based around my fear of failure. I never really tried to succeed at anything because I figured I’d automatically fail. I never realized just how many fears of failure I had.

A few days ago while reading my devotional, Growing with Purpose, author Jon Walker wrote: “God didn’t create you to fail; he created you to succeed…” (The God-Chip; pg. 15). After reading this and giving it much thought, I began to make a list of the biggest fears I have and most of them had to do with failure.

At the end of the devotional, Walker guides: “Tell God your fears and ask Him to replace your fears with faith.” So after writing my fears, I didn’t merely ask God to replace them with faith, I went a step further. I wrote HOW God has given me a spirit to succeed.

This was my list. Fear vs. (Faith).
Fear of failing as a mother. (God created me to be a good mother!)
Fear of failing as a writer. (God gave me the gift to write!)
Fear of failing at success. (God gives me the abilities to succeed!)
Fear of living in poverty. (God IS my Provider!)

Take some time today and make a similar list. In one column write the heading, “Fear Of:” and next to it write the column heading, “Faith That:” (Fear Vs. Faith)

JK Rowling, the author of the ever-so-popular books and movies, Harry Potter, was for many years living on welfare as a single mother. Harry Potter wasn’t intended to be a mainstream phenomenon. It was simply a bedtime story she read to her son every night. I use her as an example because her seemingly failure turned into one of the biggest success stories of any writer of our time!

There are so many success stories that stem from seemingly failures in one’s life. Think of how many failures so many successful people had to endure before they finally got that one big break. The rejections. The “no’s.” The countless doors slammed in their face. Google a list. You’ll be surprised.

NOTE TO SELF: Get inspired today to succeed at failing! Instead of letting the fear overtake you, know that God didn’t create you as a failure, but as a Success!

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