Well, you can’t see it, but my hand is not raised. I’m sure yours isn’t either. Yes, there are those of us who have resigned ourselves to failure in certain areas, or concerning things in the past. But nobody enjoys failing. Nobody likes being a failure.
What happens when your spouse leaves, or your child grows up to not be all you wanted them to be? What happens when your life at this moment is utterly removed from all you had hoped and dreams so many years ago?
Definitions are such an important part, or should be, of how we perceive a situation. Is the opposite of success failure? Isn’t that what we just said? Wasn’t what we really meant: My marriage was unsuccessful; I was an unsuccessful parent; my life is unsuccessful. I failed. I failed. I failed.
What if, God has a different definition of failure? Success?
What if God said to you like he said to me: I didn’t call you to be successful; I called you to be faithful.
Oh wait just a minute. Because I know I wasn’t perfect as a spouse, or a parent, or in my life, but I do know I was faithful. I never stopped coming back to you, Lord in my marriage; I never stopped looking to you for my child, Lord; I never stopped trusting you with my life, Lord. I’m hurt, I’m disappointed, I’m disheartened, but I’m not unfaithful. And neither are You.
Success belongs to God. It seems like semantics, but like a tiny seed, a word will plant and grow into thoughts, which branch into ideas, which give fruit to beliefs. What do you believe about your part in any success or failure related to your life?
Scripture tells us about one planting one watering; but God gives the increase (the harvest, the success). 1 Cor 3:6
Verse 7: So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
God isn’t looking for your works: your success! Just your faithfulness.
Even where you fall short in believing or having faith, Jesus is the author and the perfecter of such things. that means he begins our faith and he completes what we lack! Isn’t that awesome? I fail to always believe my situation is going to get better, or change but God is fully faithful, and Jesus makes up for my lack. Heb 12:2.
Put off the “old man” with his idea of failure! Put on the new man, who only by faith and only by faithfulness should judge his “success”.
This post is part of a blog carnival you can enjoy at: http://peterpollock.com/2013/01/failures-blog-carnival/
http://kibitskayainna.wordpress.com/dear-love/ – picture credit.
“I regret the actions I took with that woman…” Really? I bet you do. But you aren’t repentant are you. No, it’s not a question; it’s an honest observation.
So what is the difference between regretting and repenting?
Regretting is wishing you hadn’t done what you did; repenting is being sorry you did.
Judas’ problem wasn’t that he betrayed Jesus – Peter basically did that! – Judas’ problem, the reason he resides in hell today, is not his sin of action, but his sin of inaction: he didn’t repent. He regretted what he did. He told the Pharisees all about it. But he didn’t tell God, and he didn’t repent.
You may be at a point in your life where you have an overload of regrets that haunt you like angry old specters. They add up, gang up and torment you, your body, your mind, your soul, your spirit.
But you’ve never repented. Not once. You wish you hadn’t done a lot of things, but you’ve never hoped to do this one thing: humble yourself before God and admit you were wrong; not that you wouldn’t have done those things – because you did do those things! – but that you shouldn’t have done those things.
God’s not interested in your wishes; he doesn’t grant them.
God answers prayer.
He gives grace to the humble.
Forgiveness to the repentant.
Leave your regrets where your sins are: in the past.
Repent. For in repentance there is hope. Life. Change. Rest.
I don’t care for intelligence that intimidates. I am drawn to intelligence that inspires.
Intelligence that seeks to intimate my ignorance is lacking integrity, because at its core ulteriorly it’s all about the importance of “I”.
Intelligence that instructs me, isn’t full of insecurity - just the opposite – its instrinsic value is found in others’ intake and ability to digest intricacies for the use of understanding. More about you than the importance of I.
That’s the sort of intelligence I am interested in.
God showed me a picture of my habits and coping mechanisms.Does God ever speak to you in pictures? We often have “conversations” this way.
::I am a child burdened with boxes I utilize to cope and get along, and that I think are so crucial or helpful::
But God says, No, no. These aren’t Me.
For example, one was this velvety blue box which I immediately removed the lid to and turned it upside down to sit just inside the box. I began filling it with water: Does it hold water?
- I tend to test everything against scripture. I couldn’t see how this was a bad thing! I couldn’t get past it. I still don’t understand it.
But, finally I resolved to know what else the box represented. If it was God showing me something he would complete the picture.
So I removed the lid completely and looked inside the box – and there in the velvet lined, deep blue interior was a large magnifying glass: well maintained, tenderly kept.
- Everything must be examined and magnified to see if it be true, reasonable, and logical. And woe to that which is none of these! – So my attitude often is.
I really do pride myself on logic and reason. And I’m not even that deeply educated in either discipline!! But it’s the world’s favorite language. Even Paul met the logic or reason of different cultures. Jesus argued the Pharisees arguments. I thought that’s what I was trying to do. But God is saying he is not in this fixation. I didn’t fully understand, but I gave him the box, trusting he would change me or redirect me.
Here is a current, practical situation I so desperately want to meet with logic or reason – tell me what you think!
A speaker said in a recent homeschool convention session that her daughter encountered a professor at Oxford that declared: How do you know there is “childhood”? Why wouldn’t children want or be allowed to watch p*rnogr@phy?
(AHHHHHH OMG OMG OMG WHAT????)
punch, slap, kick said professor and then check desk for crack pipe.
The speaker said she could see how they had raised their children to have a worldview and a heart for the Kingdom of God and winning souls for that kingdom by her daughter’s reaction and confiding statement to her mother: Mom, she’s a lost soul.
It really bothered me!!! Not her statement, the crazy crack-addict professor’s.
Now, after thinking about it for a few hours, I decided instead of beating her, I want so badly to be able to ask – with all sincerity and gentleness, because NOW I have a question in the vein of HER reasoning or logic: (I still think this is right!!)
I want to ask the professor: Well, if there be no childhood, why would these small people(?) be sitting around watching anything? Why wouldn’t they be working? Why are there “child labor laws”? The Convention on the Rights of a “Child” says their “childhood” should be protected from work: why? If they be just little people and we be just big people, why should big people be paying for them to have or do ANYTHING (let alone p0rnogr@phy – oi vey!); why wouldn’t the “little people” just find labor that is suited for them so we are ALL contributing to the welfare of society? That’s how it was before the early 1900′s. Now we have fat, lazy, sassy “little people”. Seems to me they should be off their butt working, not watching p0rn!
Come on! Isn’t that good? Wouldn’t that make the woman ( hopefully) pause for thought?
Hurray if it could!
But is that God?
I don’t know what Jesus would have said or done. But by his words he either condemned or graced the receivers of his arguments – and all to point toward the Kingdom of Heaven.
I don’t know that my obsessive use of logic and reasoning or testing is always pointing back to the Kingdom of God.
Unfortunately, it may some times, be pointing to its own little god: the god of logic and reason for logic and reason’s sake.
Help me, Lord!
What do you think about taking the name of the Lord in vain? What constitutes such an action or verbal sin?
What about “Merry Chistmas”?
When we say Merry Christmas, what are we saying? Are we merry? Are we celbrating Christ’s Mass?
Or, as vehemently as we are fighting to keep the word, Christ in Christmas, are we just as vehemently keeping Him in it?
What are we doing?
What are we doing at Christmas to honor the namesake?
INVOLKING THE NAME, SANTA???
Where is Christ in Christmas?
Because if we are supposedly celebrating his birthday, How are we making His birthday about HIM? What gifts are we bringing him that HE would desire and enjoy?
Giving in the nature of need not want
Is Christ in your Chistmas?
If not, then just go on ahead and say, Happy Holiday, because that’s all it will really be about: happy, sappy day off for you.
Not Merry, or Joyful, or Hopeful
Not a celebration of the ONLY reason there is a season of giving and mirth: the birth of our Savior: Christ the King
Who showed us mercy by forgiving us our sins while we were still sinners.
Who bestowed grace upon us by sacrficing himself for our fallenness.
Who didn’t offer us useless gifts that money can buy and time can break.
But met us in our need by his love.
I pray you have a Christ-filled Chistmas this year.
But otherwise, Happy Holiday.
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.
Words without thoughts to Heaven never go.”
Jesus came “down” so that both our thoughts and our prayers could freely go up to Heaven.
Why do our thoughts remain below? Isn’t it because we worry. We worry our prayers won’t be answered. But Jesus came down to BE our answer.
Why should I worry? Why should I fear?
Trusting that God came down – not just physically but in every way Jesus lowered himself, and for what? To raise us up with him, to be seated in heavenly places – where? Up.
Love came down so we could go up.
“Come up here.”