No two people are alike.
No two people succeed alike.
And it follows that no two people fail alike.
Now if you have fallen, whatever it be, there are two choices for you:
One is to stay defeated.
Choice number two is to rise up.
Now if you choose to rise up, there are several possibilities.
You can stand up on your own or you can ask someone to help you.
Beyond all this you can trust God to lift you up.
Again, defeats can make you feel good for nothing;
it can make you focus on yourself which ends in self-pity;
it can make you angry at others and cause you to curse circumstances;
and it can even make you resign yourself to whatever has happened.
None of these attitudes does anyone any good; the least of of all to you.
So embrace light instead of wooing darkness.
Be honest with yourself.
The simplest thing you can do is to stop telling excuses.
Accept responsibility for your fall.
Make a commitment to try once more.
There is no magic formula for success.
If I know one, it is perseverance.
That means you keep on doing what you are good at in spite of all defeats,
failures, shortcomings, mistakes and predictions of doom.
At the same time you can hold on to God in hope.
Here is how Prophet Micah expressed this.
“Do not gloat over me, my enemy!Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light (Micah 7:8 Bible).”
So dear friends, let not your defeat discourage you.
Avoid distractions and focus on the task ahead.
God loves you not because you succeed all the time.
He knows what is in your heart.
He knows what your motives are.
He knows that you tried your very best; but failed.
The way he calculates points is entirely different from the way we evaluate and judge our own performances. His final analysis is about whether you loved him with all your heart and soul and mind and strength. If you tried and failed; he still accepts you.
Now if you are looking for one word of assurance, one word of encouragement that will lift you up from your bed of despair, this is it. God is telling you,
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands
–(Isaiah 49:16 Bible).”
To be engraved means to be remembered always.
To be engraved means to be held by the mighty and strong hand of God.
To be engraved means to permanently belong.
To be engraved, again, means that no one can snatch you out of God’s hand.*
You are his, precious child of God.
Do not let defeats and failures throw you down.
Stand up. And move on.
Accept the forgiveness of God.
Rise up to succeed!
Jesus Christ of Nazareth
*John 10:28, 29 Bible.