Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective. The opposite of failure is success. While failure means not meeting a desire or intention, success is the meeting of that desire. Many don’t believe that we can turn failure into success. In response to a question about his missteps and many failures, Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed 10,000 times – I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” Failure only remains failure when we give up and stop trying. Like Edison, we need to change our perspective on failure and keep trying until we experience success.
When you experience failure it takes courage and determination to start something over, or something new or to continue to pursue your vision or dream. Sometimes, the dream will become a nightmare, and during the pursuit you will experience setbacks and oppositions. The natural reaction to setbacks and opposition is to give up, to throw in the towel. Let me encourage you. As a believer, you have the assurance of God’s Word in your life, and His Word promises you success.
Don’t allow your past failures to keep you from starting over. Remember, God is a finisher. He will complete what He has started in your life. He will turn every failure into success, and work every bad experience into something good in your life. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)
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