From a Mother's Heart

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By Bea Wallen

Learning to move on through failure


It is obvious that none of us can be successful in every area of life; there are a number of things we will never do well. We do “pretty well” at other things, but at times we won’t even do those things well. We let people down. We botch a job. How do we deal with failure? When circumstances of live reveal our imperfections do we hide, cry, run away, throw a rage in denial and arguments?

In II Corinthians 12:9, Paul wrote what the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

In this passage, Paul explains a truth that has an unexpected twist. God often works best through our weaknesses. In verse nine and 10, Paul writes “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties, For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

God often works best through our weaknesses. In this way, his power is revealed more clearly, and we are prevented from taking credit for what God has done. So if you have tried doing something for the Lord and you feel like a failure, take heart. God may be ready to use you to accomplish something very significant for him.

To move beyond our failures we need to learn some valuable truths about the nature of real faith and relying on God’s grace to help us move on.

“The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him” Lamentations 3:22-23.

Each dawn brings a fresh supply of time and opportunities. With each day also comes a new supply of God’s faithfulness. He is faithful to keep us from failing and to set our feet on the right path again. We also have a daily supply of God’s loving kindness that supports us and gives us the strength to succeed. With each new day, we should offer fresh Thanksgiving to God for these assurances of our ultimate success.

“The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him” Lamentations 3:25 NLT.

Moving beyond our failure requires dying to self, dying to pride. Nothing significant in the Kingdom of God happens unless death occurs.

Jesus alluded to this kind of death when he spoke these words: “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” John 12:24.

If you have experienced failure be expectant. Live in holy anticipation for the fruit that will come. Wait for it.

When you do a “work” for Jesus, don’t look for affirmation from others.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” Matthew 5:16.

Too many times we focus on our own shining. Our goal should be to live in perfect relation to God, so that our life produces a longing after God in other people’s lives, not admiration for ourselves.

We are like little clay pots, frail and humble but holding the light of the Gospel, II Corinthians 4:7. This all-surpassing power is form God and not from us. He can perform great things in our brokenness and give us grace. That is why scripture says: “God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble” James 4:6, NIV.

Read Hebrews 4;15-16- This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses.

Realize that God’s work is not limited by our failure. He does not reject us in our weakness but embraces us so that we can receive strength to be all he intended us to be.

From my heart.