We all have felt the pain of failure.  Maybe we failed our driving test the first time or failed on an aptitude test for a job we wanted.  We need to realize some important facts about failure 1. Because you have failed does not make you a failure.  Peter tried to walk on water but failed.  David tried to live a pure life but failed.  Would you say these two men were failures?  Because you’ve failed in one thing, or maybe many things, does not make you a failure. 

 2. All human beings fail from time to time.  We are told in Rom. 3:23 that “all have sinned”.   John tells us that if we say we have not sinned we are lying (1 Jn. 1:8-10).  We must learn to be patient with ourselves.  While we must not enjoy sin or failure, we must also realize we all have some in our lives from time to time.

 3. No one is a failure if he keeps trying.  Peter stated that he would never deny Christ, but he did (Mt. 26:35, 69-75). However he did not quit.  Look at the work he did for Christ after this low point of denying Him. 

 4. Your failure does not have to be final.  Peter was the one chosen to deliver the great sermon on Pentecost of Acts 2.  He used the keys of the kingdom to open the door for both Jews and Gentiles.  He failed on numerous occasions but that did not make him quit.  Please do not let your occasional failures keep you from serving God. 

 (Adapted from article by Dick Marcear)


Consider the following about one of our past Presidents.

 List of Lincoln’s failures—–(From

A common list of the failures of Abraham Lincoln (along with a few successes) is:

  • 1831 – Lost his job
  • 1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
  • 1833 – Failed in business
  • 1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)
  • 1835 – Sweetheart died
  • 1836 – Had nervous breakdown
  • 1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
  • 1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
  • 1846 – Elected to Congress (success)
  • 1848 – Lost re-nomination
  • 1849 – Rejected for land officer position
  • 1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
  • 1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
  • 1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
  • 1860 – Elected President (success)

That looks like a pretty glum résumé, making you wonder how he ever made it to the top. But when you really think of it, to run for office or high positions so many times, you have to have something on the ball and have more successes than meet the eye.

 (Picture from Google Images)

Leon Brashear

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