LATJ: Behind Closed Doors

3 11 2009

failing-grade1Failure is a certainty! If you have never failed at something you’ve tried to do then you will at some point in your life. There is nothing wrong with failure — in fact, failure can make you stronger. There is a huge difference between failing and becoming a failure. The difference is in your response and your attitude.

The company 3M is known around the world for its innovative products. I remember reading years ago that there was a saying around 3M that if you weren’t failing 10 times each day then you weren’t trying hard enough. Now I’m not suggesting that you should try to fail on purpose. Each effort to try something new should begin with the thought that you are going to succeed. When failure does occur you can choose to give up or choose to learn and grow stronger for the next attempt.

In the same way, Jesus understands that we are going to fall short of the mark. That is why He came and died on the cross for us. But it didn’t end there because we know that He also rose again, defeating death. Whenever I talk to kids about what God is capable of doing I always ask them if there is anything that God can’t do? Is there anything that is outside of God’s control? There is a real simple answer. I point them to Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” With that statement we can see the awesome power of God and what He is capable of — everything!

We see it again in Mark 4:39 when Jesus rebukes the wind and the sea: “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Notice the command that Jesus issues in the midst of the turbulence — Peace! Peace is comforting and available to each of us through Christ. Turn to Him, lean on Him, and He will give you peace.

Phil 4:7 – “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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