Haunted By Failure

Our greatest fear in life should not be of failure but of succeeding at things that don’t really matter.

– Francis Chan

How does failure haunt us?

We are reminded of our defeats
We are reminded of our deficiencies
We are reminded of our downfalls
We are reminded of our derailments
We are reminded of our disappointments

The reality of failure

Failure is a common experience
Failure is rarely the end
It’s only a bad mistake if it’s your last mistake
Failure should never establish us
Failure can lead to greater effectiveness

Failure can bring different responses

Frustration
Fatigue
Futility

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

– 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Moving beyond failure requires a right perspective

Success flows to lives that are prepared
Success flows to lives that are presented
Success flows to lives that purpose filled

Moving beyond failure requires personal persistence

Moving past failures means that we have to fight
Moving past failures means that we have to finish
Moving past failures means that we need faith

Moving beyond failure requires concentration on the prize

We lose concentration because we are distracted
We lose concentration because we are dismayed
We lose concentration because we are disgruntled
We lose concentration because we are discouraged

How do we handle failure?

Be inspired to keep going
Be intense in effort
Be inclined to continue searching
Be influenced by Christ’s example