Dare to Keep Trying: Success in the Failures
Moreover you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Will they fall and not rise? Will one turn away and not return?”Jeremiah 8:4
Winning feels good. Let’s be honest: most, if not all of us can agree with this statement. The desire to be successful has been built into us as humans from the beginning when GOD said:
”Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). But what happens when you try your best at something and you fail — not once, not twice, but the third and several other times?
We live in a society that thrives from instant gratification, instant and “overnight” success seems to be the flavour of the decade. Whether it’s the failure of trying to get that dream job, pass that exam, buy that property, get that degree or achieve your financial goals — depression and anxiety can so easily start to creep in when we experience the pain and disappointment of trying and failing at our goals and dreams the first few times we try.
One of the things that seems hard for us to do, especially as we mature in age, is the ability to quickly get back up from a disappointment or failure. Have you ever watched a toddler struggling to keep their balance whilst holding onto a chair? Even when they keep falling, they are quick to get up and try again, sometimes with a smile on their face, because for some reason they seem to know that even though they may have fallen, they are one step closer to standing on their own and eventually walk. It seems that toddlers have grasped onto a great life principle that we, as adults, struggle with: Failure is not final, unless we stop trying!
If you are feeling alone in the struggle to succeed at something, after multiple attempts, you are in good company. The word of God is not short of examples of people who didn’t get it right the first time, but persisted until they achieved success:
— In the book of Luke (18:1-8), the word speaks of a woman who went to the king multiple times in order to ask for justice to be granted. She didn’t see each time the king turned her away as failure, but as progress, and tried until her plea was granted.
— In 1 Kings 18 (41-46), we see how Elijah prays for rain up to seven times before he saw a small cloud forming in the sky.
Can you imagine, if that woman stopped trying to reach out to the king or if Elijah stopped praying for rain at the third or fourth try, they both would have missed out on the breakthrough that was inevitable in the end.
Okay I get it — both these events happened thousands of years ago. But take an example much closer to home. Recently, we witnessed golf legend, Mr Tiger Woods, win his first Masters tournament after trying to get back on top from his last win in 2008. Woods waited a total of 3, 954 days before he could taste success after multiple failures. Imagine, had he stopped trying and retired, he would have missed the opportunity for restoration and breakthrough.
So, I challenge you, as of today, to start flipping the script and begin to see every failure, every disappointment, every time you try and fail at reaching your goals, as a stepping stone to your success. Dare to keep trying!
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