This is an old post from April 2007
I love the line from Anne of Green Gables where she says, “Today is always fresh with no mistakes in it”!! These have been a few weeks of successes and failures…often more failures than successes! I seem to get caught up in one area only to fall behind in at least one (often several) area. But I am always encouraged with the verse that tells us, “the righteous man falls 7 times but rises again.” Phew!
God is the God of redemption – and He even redeems my failures as I surrender to His will and walk in repentance (whether in known sin or just omission) with a willing heart to please Him in all I do.
Sometimes my failures are of my own making. I CHOOSE to sin; to give in to my flesh. Whether it be in eating that handful of M&Ms or getting frustrated with my child, I too often step out of His power to keep me in His hand and set my foot upon the rocky and shifting soil.
Sometimes my failures are beyond my control. There are so many areas in my life where I need training from the Lord, areas where I’ve never learned how to do certain things. There are also areas in my life that are dependent on others for completion. If they fail to do their part, mine also falls apart ending in failure for me as well.
Sometimes my failures are part of God’s training for godly character in my life. There are times when I think I’m doing exactly what He wants me to do, but the end results are not what I had hoped for or expected at all. They are now used to help me learn how to respond in godliness and faith rather than in despair and anger.
So, as I look and reflect (not a great strength for me!), I know that even if I’ve found much failure in today…I can look ahead to tomorrow because HE is faithful to work His best in my life, no matter what the failure was today. And I look further ahead to eternity, knowing that it will all one day fade away, leaving only HIS glory. I pray that my life will grow to be a part of His eternal praises, even when I fail!