Convert Failure into Insight

Convert Failure into Insight

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

“The days are long but the years are short.”

It’s a refrain I often repeat. But sometimes even the days are short.

We make plans. We have the best intentions. And then . . . we fail to execute.

Distractions sweep us away from what is most important. (And drown us in what is merely trivial.)

IT CAN MAKE A MOMMA CRY

In Christ, there is grace for our failures. But that doesn’t mean those failures won't hurt.

Some failures are incredibly painful….

When I reflect upon my own failures, there are two that top the list:

  • Opportunities I missed with my sons that I can never regain.
  • Words that I spoke that I can never un-speak.

Seeing the consequences of those mistakes can make this momma cry.

Can you relate?

SOOTHED BY GRACE

There is a balm that soothes my ache. It's grace.

I wish that it were not so, but the truth is: we all stumble in many ways (James 3:2).

And yet, there is a way we can convert those failures into insights.

As Henry Ford observed:

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

TRY AGAIN

I know it’s hard. I know it hurts. But glean all the lessons you can from failure.

Then, try again.

  • Each day presents new opportunities. Seize them!
  • That tongue that wounded with words yesterday can be used to pray, apologize, and encourage today.

Try again.

Humbly. Persistently. Lovingly. Try again.

It's a new day!

 

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