MAKING FAILURE YOUR FRIEND
�When these troubles came to him, Manasseh begged for help from the Lord
his God. He humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. Manasseh
prayed to God and begged God to help him. The Lord heard his begging and
felt sorry for him, so the Lord let him return to Jerusalem and to his
throne. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was the true God� (2 Chronicles
Undergoing leadership studies of EQUIP� founded by the renowned author and
speaker, Dr. John C. Maxwell has been fascinating to me. One of the studies
which is seemingly awkward is titled �Failing Forward�. More awkward is
one of its lessons sub-titled �Make Failure Your Best Friend�. How can one
make failure one�s best friend? The writer of the lesson admitted that the
idea may seem odd, but he went further to explain that �...the truth of the
matter is that failure is either your friend or your enemy, and you are the
one who chooses which it is. If you whine and complain every time you fail,
then failure will remain your enemy. But if you learn from your failures,
then you actually benefit from them and that makes failure your friend.�
This can be possible if one is ready to make one�s failure a stepping stone
to one�s future successes.
Three biblical case studies were used to buttress this point. One, Jacob,
the deceiver who became Israel, a prince with God that God used to raise a
nation separated unto Himself (see Genesis 25-32). Two, Manasseh, a wicked
king in Judah who God taught a lesson in the hard way by making him become
a captive in a foreign land. He learnt from his failure and cried unto God.
God restored him back to his throne (see 2 Chronicles 33:10-20). Three, the
prodigal son in Luke 15 who willfully lost himself. He accepted full
responsibility for his wrong choices and came back the lost joy of his
family. All these people learnt from their failures by admitting their
wrong doings and the end of their stories became desirable.
Twice in Psalm 119, the psalmist endeared himself to failure. Hear him:
�Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.... It was
good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees� (Psalms
119:67, 71 NIV). What are your failures or things that are hurting you? Are
you trying to distance yourself from them? Make them your friend and learn
from them as you allow them to be your teacher. They will indeed become
your stepping stones to your breakthrough.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to make failure your friend by learning
from it and making it your stepping stone to your success and breakthrough
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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