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Failure to success (4)

9 February 2024 ‘We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.’ Psalm 126:2 NLT

To move from failure to success, you try to do these things: 1) Learn to laugh at your mistakes. No matter what you lose or how often you lose, never lose your sense of humour. There are times when a mistake is serious and humour isn’t appropriate, but when you take every mistakes too seriously, everything becomes a bigger issue than it really is. The psalmist wrote: ‘When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy’ (vv. 1-5 NLT). You might not be able to laugh about your mistakes, but you can learn to laugh in them! Remember the phrase ‘when the Lord brought back’. God can bring you back! Tim Masters says, ‘Failure is the productive part of success. It provides the road you don’t have to travel again, the mountain you don’t have to climb again, and the valley you don’t have to cross again.’ When we’re making mistakes, they may not feel like ‘the kiss of Jesus’, which was Mother Teresa’s phrase for failures that drive us to God. But if we keep the right attitude, they can lead us to do what we should be doing. 2) Learn from your mistakes. Successful restaurateur Wolfgang Puck said, ‘I have learned more from the one restaurant that didn’t work than from all the ones that were successes.’ And that’s often the way it goes: you don’t lose – you learn!

Archive

Changing how you pray Wednesday 28 February
Hope for the future Tuesday 27 February
Try to be more flexible Monday 26 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (3) Sunday 25 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (2) Saturday 24 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (1) Friday 23 February
Don’t doubt God Thursday 22 February

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