Failure

I am a failure.  I fail as a husband, I fail as a father, I fail as a counselor and I fail as a friend.  I have failed more times than I can remember, and will fail again.  Webster defines failure as "a falling short, a weakening".  I have fallen short, and have been weak more times than I can count.

If you are like me the above words are not exciting to your ears, they may even seem a bit awkward.  We avoid them and seek other more healthy ways to express how we feel about ourselves.  Positive self talk, encouragement and seeking others affirmation help us avoid the reality of our failures.  We live in a world that avoids failure, at all cost.

However, to fail is to understand our inability to succeed, and if we can not succeed we are forced to recognize our need for someone or something that will make up the difference.  That something is Jesus Christ.  You see He did not come for those who succeed, but for those who fail (which means He came for me!).  Our success is not rooted in our ability, but in His ability in us.  To fail is to recognize a need, and to recognize a need is to embrace the One who meets all needs, Jesus.  And this is success!!!

God's grace is sufficient for all my needs, and failures.  I am thankful for my failures, because they are a further indication of my need for a Savior, and as I succeed it is He who exceeds in me.

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