This is my last MID WEEK BOOSTER for 2015, the next one will be January 6, 2016. It's time to launch out into another year in the things of God. Let me say thank you to all who read the Mid Week Faith Booster and also our Sunday NORMality Newsletter. And a special thanks to all who have purchased any of our CDs and books this year, and also those of you who have financially supported this ministry.
I was wondering how many of you who read this weekly Blog have experienced some failure this past year?
I was reading the Living Bible [by Kenneth Taylor] and got to 2 Cor 4:8-9 which says, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going."
That caused me to think about those of you who may have had some setbacks. As Willie Jolley says in his book: "A setback is just a setup for a comeback."
When something negative is happening it's tempting just to give up. But you can't; you must 'get up again.' Failing doesn't make you a failure - it's quitting that makes failures. As someone said, 'The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee.'
A failure-free life feels safe, but it can be boring, with apathy and low self-esteem. Ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of what you've learned? No, he wants you to keep reliving all the painful details.
So learn the lesson then forget the details!
Victory requires building on what you've learned and moving on.
We have all experienced failures of some sort in our lives but don't give up just because you have experienced some setback.
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
Many people considered successful today have faced failure with either small or large setbacks.
- Bill Gates' first business failed, but he went on to become one of the world's riches men.
- Albert Einstein didn't have the best childhood. In fact, many people thought he was just plain stupid.
- Jim Carrey the actor revealed that when he was 15, he had to drop out of school to support his family. His father was an unemployed musician and as the family went from lower middle class to poor, they eventually had to start living in a van.
- Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age ten.
- Richard Branson the successful millionaire businessman has dyslexia.
- Stephen King the author had his first novel rejected 30 times.
- Oprah Winfrey gave birth at age 14 and lost her baby.
- Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the light bulb.
- Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.
- R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.
- English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before publishing 564 books.
An article in a financial magazine said, 'You've failed many times although you may not remember."
You fell the first time you tried to walk.
You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim.
Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat?
Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.
The Apostle Paul said in Phil 3:8 "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ!"
H. Jackson Brown Jr, the American author best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, gives two rules for winning:
- Rule One: Take one more step.
- Rule Two: When you can't take one more step, refer to rule number one.
I say GET UP AND KEEP GOING, God has 2016 already planned for you with amazing surprises. So have a Happy New Year!