Learning From Failure

Have you failed? Made mistakes? And you are kicking yourself because you have? Well, all of us have made mistakes.

Last night, I was listening to a speaker who said, “I’ve failed a ton…but I’ve learned from them.”

“I’ve failed a ton…”. I can identify with that. I have failed a ton and so has everyone else. The only person who hasn’t failed much hasn’t tried much. But failure doesn’t have to define us. We learn from failure.

Simon Peter is a great example of someone who failed but the Lord used him. Simon denied knowing Jesus. Absolutely denied knowing him. So, Simon was finished, right? Nope. After the resurrection, Simon Peter met Jesus on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There Jesus restored Peter and said, “Feed my sheep.” And, it was Simon Peter who preached the first Christian sermon in history. He would go on to write two epistles in the Bible. Simon failed….but Jesus used him.

David failed…he committed adultery, but God used him.

John Mark deserted Paul on his first missionary journey but years later, Paul forgave him and God used him.

I could go on but you get the point. If you have failed, ok, learn from it and move forward. God can still use you.

And Christian, maybe you need to stop reminding someone of their failures. There was only one person that never failed and that was Jesus.

Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.”

If you are living, you will make mistakes, you will fail but you learn from them and move on.

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