In 1 Thess. 2:1 Paul says, “You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.” But let’s remember what happened when Paul was in Thessalonica. The Jewish leaders formed a mob, started a riot, dragged Paul’s host, Jason, down before city officials and, as result, Paul and Silas snuck out of town under the cover of night.
But what might have seemed to be a failure was a success, as a strong church was planted in that city. You, too, can turn what may seem to be a failure into success when you do two things:
- Realize that God wants you to succeed because you are His child.
When you think about it, what good parent doesn’t want their children to succeed? If you are a Christ follower today, be assured that God has a will and a way for you and you can trust Him.
- Realize that temporary failure is a teaching tool in the hands of God.
Let’s face it, the greater the failure the greater the opportunity to learn from it. But first, you must see the potential for great teaching that is found in your mistakes. Your mistakes cause you to keep changing, keep trying and keep growing.
I think of Thomas Edison. At 21, he became a full-time inventor. I have been told that at any given time, he and his team were working on as many as forty different projects. But many were failures. He engaged in some 10,000 experiments before creating the light bulb that made him famous. Edison once commenting about that, saying, “I have not failed, I have found 10,000 ways that it does not work.”
Looked at that way, there are few real failures in life, they are mainly opportunities to learn and grow.