Everything listed under: Failure

  • Last Pitch

    The last pitch I ever watched as a high school baseball player was a called strike three, left to wrestle the rest of my life with the questions, "what if".  In all reality, I failed that day.  Failed to get a hit, failed to swing the bat, failed to even try.   But failing did not make me a failure.  I meet people everyday that fight the fear of failure.  To fail in anything they do is to be considered a failure.  They even fear future failures, that ...

  • Failure

    I am a failure by birth with no redeeming qualities, destined for a life of missed opportunities and disappointments.  I am programmed to make mistakes and to miss the mark.  I fail more times than I succeed, and all I know or feel is loss.  The Bible references me as "a filthy garment", "unclean", born into sin, and programmed to sin.  But that is only part of the story, for I am also redeemed, bought by a price, and loved with a purpose.  I have a "treasure in this ear...

  • Failure

    Recently I spoke with a man concerning his identity.  As a child he was made to feel like a failure, and he struggles mightily today to not fail.  His constant effort at work, home, church and with friends, to not fail, requires much energy and eventually becomes an overwhelming weight that leads to depression and perceived failure.  In other words, this man's struggle to not be a failure is causing him to fail. But in Christ we are already the victor.  We can not a...

  • Fear2

    I fear failure.  Satan wants to use this fear to slow down Gods work in and through my life.  It can be an easy and quick move to go from trusting in God's strength to recognizing my own insufficiencies.  Yet God has given me all I need to achieve for His Glory and within His design.    With greater purpose and commitment will often come greater attacks from the enemy.  I am so thankful that greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.&n...

  • Fear

    I fear failure.  I doubt that I am alone.  I fear failing as a husband, as a father, as a therapist, even as a Christian.  I often feel like the apostle Peter in Matt. 14:30, walking on water to Jesus, "But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!".  I will admit to often taking my eyes off of Jesus and being overwhelmed by the winds and high seas, feeling like I am sinking.  I recognize that I have no more ability ...