Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Failure is nothing but an opportunity to start again with experience. Some tests and trials are put in our path to help us spiritually mature. Victory is not the absence of problems; it is the presence of God's power.
Proverbs 12:20 states "Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy." Planning peace is not something that was a natural part of my life. I was so tense and angry inside that I was always ready for a fight and had a quick trigger.
The realization that God wanted me to have peace was one of the greatest lessons to learn. Life certainly changes when you learn to rest in God's promises and to use the peace he has provided. Colossians 3:15 says "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." One of the ways I found peace was to be thankful for what I have and not spend my time looking for bigger and better. No more keeping with others. Life isn't a competition, it is an intimate journey with God who, when invited in, will help you maintain your peace during even the most complicated and hard situations. Keeping a positive attitude during a negative experience or situation is a matter of choice. I realize that some people just normally have a positive attitude while others live in negativity, but when God is for you I find it hard to fathom how anyone can stay negative.
Failures are inevitable. The only people who can say they have never failed are the ones who never did anything and that in and of itself is a failure. Decisions are part of life and all we can do is pray and proceed. If you take a step forward in faith and doors open, then it is a good sign of moving in the right direction. Therefore, if you move forward and you run headfirst into a closed-door or a brick wall, time to step back and make some changes. Many times I have been halfway down a road when it becomes clear that I need to take a detour. In my old life, I would be so stubborn and pig-headed that I just keep going and ended up tromping through hell on earth to only find heartache and failure at the destination. Giving God control over my path has been a concerted effort but the heartache and misery have certainly lessened. There are still trials and tribulations, but they are all learning experiences and I have been face-to-face with situations way too complex for me to resolve on my own. These troubles forced me to look to God and rely on him. If such things didn't transpire and all was easy, there would be no need for me to walk side by side with God. It is in these situations that I am reminded of how truly weak I am but how unstoppable God's will is in my life.
Another major change in my life is not being offended. What an utter waste of precious time. Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 says "Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others." Can't get much more clearer. Stop being offended!
Everyone has a bad day or says things in the heat of the moment that are less than stellar. How many times I have shot off my mouth and wished I could suck it back in. I have lost track and the number is just way too high to count. We need, I need, to learn to let it go and to give forgiveness to others that I hope they can extend to me.
Failures are inevitable.
Hurts are inevitable.
Forgiveness is expected of us by God.
Living in peace and positivity is a choice.
Amos 3:3 asks a pretty simple question, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" It is my firm belief that in order for me to walk with God I need to be in agreement with all his teachings, regardless of how inconvenient I may find them. What began as an inconvenience to me has always become a revelation of peace, comfort, and healing.
Get uncomfortable for a bit! It brings you to places of rest and peace you never could have imagined existed.