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Desperation

What would you do if you were desperate?  Have you ever been desperate?

I know I have been desperate for money and I have made foolish decisions based on that desperation.  Being in a financial pinch can cause you to do radical things. Why do you think pawn shops and Title pawns have been so successful?  People need money and they don’t care about the consequences of super inflated fees and interest where they end up paying back 3 times what they borrowed.

I read the news this weekend about a man who robbed a bank and got caught.  Sad part of it was that he was a former client of mine.  The clerk he robbed knew him and asked him, “Are you sure you want to do this?”  His response, “I have to.”

So sad.

Sometimes, things come at you so fast that you can’t control it.  But you can control your reaction. We shouldn’t react.  We should respond.  The best way to respond is to pray for wisdom and knowledge and help from the Lord immediately. If you wait and listen, He will guide you in the right direction.

Revelation

Our church recently started a new Beth Moore Bible study called “Stepping UP: A journey through the Psalms of Ascent.” When I first heard the title, I thought it sounded rather boring and I had planned to take another Bible study elsewhere.

God, obviously, had other plans. Sunday night I found myself in the study, hungering for a Word from the Master.

Something Beth said that I needed so badly hit me like a ton of bricks. “Insecurity and self-loathing are a form of PRIDE.” Wow! I have been insecure most of my life but lately since joining the praise team and singing in front of the church, that insecurity and self-loathing has just eaten me up.

What a revelation! What freedom! I thought that I was being humble. That is obviously NOT humility, according to the Word of the Lord.

What a difference between Sunday morning and Sunday night. Sunday morning, I could not get it together to save my life. Every time I moved the music stand, papers flew and I could not get off the platform fast enough for the pastor to begin preaching. I was invited out to eat but didn’t have any money so I politely declined and told them that I had to show property. I did show property, but it was later on. I could not get comfortable during the service to save my life. I cried all the way home. All I could think of was that I was a failure and I hated myself for it.

Sunday night, after hearing that Word, I felt so free. I can’t explain it. I am free to worship God and come before Him without shame. I bring what I can “to the table” and He will take care of the rest.

Monday night was our first praise team practice after Christmas holidays and I let go and sang and praised and worshipped God. I haven’t had that much fun in a long time. I was so full of joy, inexpressible joy…that I felt like I was going to explode. I was feeling what Beth describes as “there ain’t no high like the Most High” and I did not want it to end.

As I’m sharing this, a thought occurred to me. Is that what Heaven is like? If so, I cannot wait to get there! What a rush!

I will say this with utmost certainty: God is NEVER boring. He gives us glimpses of Himself and peels back layers as we are ready and I look forward anxiously to His next revelation.

Failure is not Final

I heard that on the radio and it was thought provoking.

Failure is not final.  At least it shouldn’t be.  You shouldn’t quit after your fail at something.  Basically, what does it tell you when you “fail?”  The way you did it doesn’t work.  Life is a learning process for all of us. You wing some things, you’re educated on others but you have to find what works for you.

I’m so glad Thomas Edison didn’t quit! He just kept on.  Over 10,000 experiments to get the perfect light bulb.  How many of us would have hung in there so long?

So many stories in life are about men who didn’t realize how close to success they were when they quit.

Google “Thomas Edison Failure” and you will be surprised at what comes up.  One link I find particularly stimulating was “Fail Your Way to Success.”  Lots of good information and pep talk stuff in there.

http://www.wilywalnut.com/Fail-Fast-Success-Failure-Wonderful-Edison.html

Keep on perfecting your niche. Don’t give up. Don’t quit.

Be blessed in the Lord!

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