There Is No Such Thing As Failure In God’s Eyes!
This past Friday I was struggling with feeling like a failure in my life. My life has just not gone the way I thought it should go. 2014 was definitely a hard year for me. But God who is so faithful didn’t leave me feeling that way for too long. As I went into my office to pray (to talk to God) he led me to a book I had called, “66 Love Letters”, by Dr. Larry Crabb. There was one sentence that I read that really stuck out to me.
“I don’t want you to be afraid of failure, or you will live for success.”
I pondered that phrase for the rest of the evening until the next morning. I was still not sure what that meant so during my time with the Lord I asked Him what does that mean Lord? Here is what God said to me.
“When you are afraid of failing you will do anything you can to make sure that never happens. You begin to strive and take matters into your own hands. Then slowly by slowly you begin to take over rather than letting the Holy Spirit lead you. There is no such thing as failure in my eyes. Failure to Me is when you quit. The world’s definition is different. But you are not of this world my child. You are a child in the Kingdom of God. In His Kingdom there are no failures.”
Then the Lord led me to another book I had called, “Failing Forward”, by John C. Maxwell. This is what the Lord showed me in his book.
One of the greatest problems people have with failure is that they are too quick to judge isolated situations in their lives and label them as failures. Instead, they need to keep the bigger picture in mind.
Changing your perspective on failure will help you to persevere – and ultimately achieve your desires.
So how should you judge failure?
Let’s start by taking a look at seven things failure is not:
People Think Failure Is Avoidable – It’s Not
Rule #1: Will learn lessons.
Rule #2: There are no mistakes – only lessons.
Rule #3: A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
Rule #4: If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.
Rule #5: You’ll know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.
People Think Failure Is An Event – It’s Not
Success is not a destination – not a place where you arrive one day. Instead, it is the journey you take. Success is a process.
Failure works the same way. It’s not someplace you arrive. Just as success is not an event, neither is failure. It’s how you deal with life along the way. No one can conclude that he is failed until he breathes his last breath. Until then, he’s still in process, and the jury is still out.
People Think Failure Is Objective – It’s Not
You are the only person who can really label what you do a failure.
People Think Failure Is The Enemy – It’s Not
Most people try to avoid failure like the plague. They’re afraid of it. But it takes adversity to create success.
People Think Failure Is Irreversible – It’s Not
In other words, mistakes are not irreversible. Keep everything in perspective. The problems come when you see only the spilled milk and not the bigger picture. People who correctly see failure take it in stride.
Every event – whether good or bad – is one small step in the process of living.
People Think Failure Is A Stigma – It’s Not
When you make mistakes, don’t let them get you down. And don’t let yourself think of them as stigmas. Make each failure a step to success.
People Think Failure Is Final – It’s Not
What may appear to be a huge failure doesn’t need to keep you from achieving.
It’s All In How You Look At It
If you tend to focus on the extremes of success and failure and to fixate on particular events in your life, try to put things into perspective. When you do, you’ll be able to share the philosophy as someone such as the Apostle Paul, who is able to say,
“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance.”
Put yourselves to the test and judge yourselves, to find out whether you are living in faith. Surely you know that Christ Jesus is in you?—unless you have completely failed. I trust you will know that we are not failures. We pray to God that you will do no wrong—not in order to show that we are a success, but so that you may do what is right, even though we may seem to be failures.
2 Corinthians 13:5-7 (GNT)