Success or Failure
Posted by Rod Neufeld on September 16, 2016
Success or failure?Success or
Failure. Over the past few weeks I have been thinking on this topic. Honestly, I have been consumed with it.
I have come to a few conclusions. First and most important, both success and failure require a specific component. The component that is required for either to happen is effort. When I look at things I try to break them down to the core.
In problem resolution or self reflection this is key. You need to get down to the root of things before you can improve, build or correct. Therefore, I came to the conclusion you can neither fail nor succeed at something without effort.
The two questions you need to ask yourself are:
1- Are you willing to fail?
2- Are you willing to succeed? (This one is going to require more thought)
The first one is easy to answer with little thought: nobody likes to fail. The question is being ready to fail. Are you willing to put effort into something knowing full well in the end it may fail?
It’s hard to do because we want to succeed with our efforts. We need the desire to succeed. We also need the ability to not only accept failure but to get back up and try again, perhaps with some retooling.
The second one is perplexing to most people. You really need to think hard. Most people will answer this question without thinking. A great number of people have more trouble with success than with failure. We feel the need to out-do ourselves the next time. That can often cause us more stress and trouble. We need to build on our successes but we may never out-do a previous success. This is where the first question becomes even more important. Can you handle a failure after a success?
In the end, God asks for effort, not success or failure. Keep in mind His idea of success and failure will vary greatly from ours. In either case, we need humility and gratitude for the ability and opportunity He has provided us.
Win or lose, do all things to the glory of God and you can know that you have only succeeded if you desired to do His will over your own. He is the only one that knows the true outcome of your effort.
When you look at the cross, the world would see that as failure in so many ways. Many walked past Christ and mocked Him, saying, “Take yourself down if you are who you say you are.”
What the world didn’t see was that His body absorbed every infraction man had and ever will have against God. The other part is that three days later He rose and restored the direct relationship between man and God. This was, and always will be, the greatest success in the history of creation.
The point I am making through all of this is that you and I need to make a choice: Apathy or effort.
Apathy is safe because you can never fail. Of course, there is no success there, either. Not to mention apathy is one of Satan’s greatest weapons. Apathy destroys families, churches and so much more. The list is long.
Apathy or effort.
Effort. In which you may fail or succeed. You may fail repeatedly, have a small success then fail again. You may just have a great success then a major failure. Will you be defeated or will you get up and go again? Failure can simply be defined as “Success in knowing how not to do something!”
I leave you today with one scripture:
: 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Effort can be defined simply as faithfulness.