The Fountain Day 356: Failure

Sometimes I fail. 

Even with the best of intentions, a wonderful quiet time in the morning, and Jesus in my heart…I can head out to embrace the day and fall flat on my face. 

Sometimes I let my family down.

Even though I love them more than anything, but God.  Even though I have devoted my entire life to being a solid wife, raising my children, and cultivating a positive, peaceful atmosphere in our home…sometimes I lose my peace.

They say failure is not an option.  I say, failure happens.

We all fail sometimes.  It’s what we do next that matters.

Failure can be a launching pad for success, if we decide to learn from it. After you fail do you simply give up, or do you intentionally stop and reset?

This is key. 

Too often I see people who simply give up when all they really needed to do was humble themselves and start again. 

Failure is never permanent unless we decide to let it be.

Imagine being Peter.  You walked with Jesus, learned from Him, ate with Him, lived every day with Him…then at the last minute, when it seemed to count the most, you failed.

What would have happened if Peter let failure be permanent?  Imagine all that would have been lost…and the generational impact it would have made.  God had a redemption plan for Peter.  God knew that after being broken, Peter would be much stronger…and more humble. 

We all need to remember this… 

Our places of failure can be transformed into our places of greatest breakthrough and anointing.

“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with You to prison and to death.”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know Me.”  Luke 22:32-34

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these?”  “Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love You.”  Jesus said, “Feed My lambs.”  Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?”  He answered, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.”  Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”  The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?”  Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?”  He said, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”  Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.  John 21:15-17