But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. – Romans 5:3,4
For a long time, I had a problem, it’s likely you’d had the same problem. I feared failure. At times it was even tough to make a decision. The “what if’s” were overwhelming even paralyzing. It was, as this verse points out, a problem.
Then something happened. I began to realize, my problems are opportunities (maybe I’ll cover that later, in another blog). I also realized that failure isn’t. Failure is only failure if you stay down. Then I learned something else. As I began to look at sports icons, successful business people, successful parents, or successful anyone at anything; they all had one thing in common, at some point they failed miserably. Then I noticed they didn’t just fail miserably, they failed miserably multiple times.
You see our problem isn’t failure. It’s how we view failure. If, and I mean “IF”, we choose to learn from our failures they become the greatest teachers. Failure becomes the grand professor of life.
Failure isn’t the opposite of success. That’s where we get it wrong, We imagine this pendulum with success on one side and failure on the other. Life doesn’t work that way. Life isn’t lived on a pendulum, it’s lived as a cake. A cake has multiple ingredients that must combine and bake together to become tasty. Success has many ingredients that must combine and bake together for life to become tasty.
Failure is a key ingredient to success. When we begin to see failure not as the opposite of success but as an ingredient to success, we will embrace it more readily. When we begin to embrace it then, as this verse says it will begin to develop us.
Do you view failure as the opposite of success? How might you change that view today? How might you begin to learn from failing?