Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.
Remember that you are not called to produce successful, upwardly mobile, highly educated, athletically talented machines…Giving your children great opportunities is good; it is not, however, the goal of parenting. Christlikeness is. Above all, seek to raise children who look and act a lot like Jesus.
This issue of the church’s utter dependency upon Christ is absolutely, irrevocably central to God’s plan. The power that is to flow from the church is not inherently within the church; it is to issue through us from the relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Our spirituality is measured not in human attainments, but in the measure of our dependancy upon Who Jesus becomes to us. Virtue, true righteousness, is not discovered in our accomplishments, but our abandonment to Christ. Thus, our failures can actually become more valuable than our successes, for in reaching, yet falling, we break, and in brokenness we are cast more desperately upon the mercies of God.
When the dust of business so fills your room that it threatens to choke you, sprinkle it with the water of prayer, and then you can cleanse it out with comfort and expedition.
God is a specialist; He is well able to work our failures into His plans…Often the doorway to success is through the hallway of failure.
The Christian often tries to forget his weakness: God wants us to remember it, to feel it deeply. The Christian wants to conquer his weakness and to be freed from it: God wants us to rest and even rejoice in it. The Christian mourns over his weakness: Christ teaches His servant to say, “I take pleasure in infirmities; most gladly will I glory in my infirmities.” The Christian thinks his weakness his greatest hindrance in the life and service of God: God tells us that it is the secret of strength and success. It is our weakness, heartily accepted and continually realized, that gives us our claim and access to the strength of Him who has said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
There is no such thing as a “self-made” man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.