Hello gentle blog reader,
Here’s something from my Inbox to reflect upon.
Where Faith and Failure Meet
By Robert H. Schuller
Faith often meets success at the point of failure. For example, the pole vaulter who runs and then vaults over the bar a little higher each time never really knows how high he can jump until he fails to scale the bar. He succeeds when he fails!
Failure isn’t a matter of not reaching your goal! Failure is failing to give your project all that you have.
Success is achieving the maximum of your potential in the situation you are in. The apostle Paul encouraged his readers to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). When you honestly have attempted your ultimate best, then you have been successful, in spite of failure. The people who are really failures are the people who set their standards so low, keep the bar at such a safe level, that they never run the risk of failure.
Faith is daring to face an embarrassing failure. It’s only after the pole vaulter knocks down the bar raised to its highest level that he knows he’s jumped as high as he can – today!
Success comes at the point where you can’t do any better than you are doing at this moment. The applause doesn’t come until you’ve given all you have to give. Spectators love the winners and they love the losers, as long as both give it their best!