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Day 20 of Lent: Failure

Posted on Thu, Mar 28, 2019

man-2734073_1920On Monday our verse and devotional thought dealt with learning.  Did you ever stop to think that you can learn from bad experiences as well as good ones? The word Failure does not usually have a good connotation to it.  But if you learn from a failure, it will serve you well.  In short, success does not come without failure.

If there was ever a man who knew that, it was the man God used to record the words of our Bible verses for today – the Apostle Paul.  He was a persecutor of Christians and faced many challenges or failures as he sought to serve God.  That led Paul to write: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:13-14).

We usually don’t like to admit our failures to too many people. We’d rather keep them hidden and on the down low.  But did you realize we all have a failure in common?  It is called sin.  While we might not all fail God in the same way, each one of us has failed to be perfect as God requires.  The big thing is how we handle that failure of sin.  Do we despair or disparage ourselves?  Do we give up and think we are a failure?  Or, do we learn from our past sins and with God’s help grow and do better?  That is what Paul is telling us in our verse for today.  He doesn’t want his sins to keep him out of heaven, so with God’s help he strives to forget the past and presses on toward the homeward goal of heaven.

Learn from your failures on earth and in your spiritual life and in keeping with our devotion for yesterday, let them help you grow!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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