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FAILURE IS AN OPTION

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BABY CRAWLINGYou may have seen Domino’s Pizza’s latest television commercial where they say, “Failure is an option.” Initially, I felt that it would be bad for business for them to admit that, but now, I think it’s a great advertisement.  No one wants to be a failure, but let’s face it–we are all imperfect humans who make mistakes from time to time.  (Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12)  Even the most brilliant, smart, and well-educated person is not without some failings.

QUESTION: Does a baby walk before it crawls?  Usually not.  But even though I don’t know of any who have, I’m not saying there are some who haven’t–because for all I know, there may very well be some out there (in this day and age, just about anything is possible.)  Maybe they just skipped the crawling stage altogether and went straight to walking in the later months of their lives.  Or perhaps there are other reasons.  I don’t know.

We’re all like babies in a sense, don’t you think, in that we all learn, grow, and mature at our own individual pace?  Everything we know in life, we know because we learned it.  For some people, it seems like they were just born with natural talents and abilities.  It may be that it takes them hardly any effort to accomplish the things they do while another person may have to struggle to succeed in the same, a similar, or a different area.  On the other hand, the one who seems to be weak in certain areas could perform better at some things than the seemingly more talented individual.  Either way, this, in my opinion, is one of the times when failure is an option because how will we ever know what we can accomplish if we do not try?  Is it better to simply say, “I can’t do it,” without even trying?  Or should we at least give it an attempt first?  Then if we fail, we can either choose to keep trying or give up.  Whether or not a person decides to pursue his goals is his own personal decision, but when we don’t put forth the needed effort, we won’t know what we could have done.

Could it be that we’re afraid to be called or considered a failure?  It’s human nature, to a certain extent, to care about how others view us, but I have learned that if I take offense to everything everyone says and does to me in life, I will never be happy.  So, no, everyone may not like everything we attempt to do in our lives, but peace, joy, and satisfaction can come to us when we know that we put our best foot forward and gave it our all–even if it means sometimes, someone taking us by the hands and helping us like a parent does his son or daughter when they start learning to walk.  And if we stick with it, the next thing we know, we’ll be sailing on our own.

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As always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

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5 thoughts on “FAILURE IS AN OPTION

  1. Pingback: FAILURE IS AN OPTION | J. Hale Turner, Author

  2. I love this post because I thought Domino’s was crazy too for advertising the such! But when you think about it, if we never fall, we will never know how it is to get back up. And getting back up is strength provided by God’s Holy Spirit!

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    • Tasha, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post; and thank you for sharing your uplifting comments. What you said is so true, and when we personally experience the power of God’s Holy Spirit, that within itself, gives us an extremely powerful boost!

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  3. I enjoyed this post. Just saw Steve Harvey, in talking about his new book, speaking on this matter and saying the same thing. We can’t be afraid of failure. If that were the case no one would ever try anything new, learn to think outside the box or invent all these modern conveniences we have. You would never get to know what you are actually capable of doing and stunt your growth. Failure is an opportunity to learn and is a great excuse to try something new.

    We would never grow as people and develop qualities that God requires of us either. We are admonished to put on a new personality. Eph 4:22-24 If we are afraid we won’t be able to display a quality well because “it’s not my way” then how could we please God. Being afraid of failure also shows we lack reliance on God and faith in his word. Isa. 48:17 & 18 He would never require us to do something beyond our reach or promise to assist us through Jesus by means of a Helper if we put forth the effort. John 14:16 & 17

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    • Thank you so much for your encouraging and uplifting comments and for letting me know how much you liked this post. I feel that what you shared will make a huge, positive difference in someone’s life (I know they have mine.) 🙂 And thank you, too, for including those very powerful scriptures. God’s Word has power! Therefore, we should let it guide us in everything we do. I hope you’ll continue to spread your words of encouragement because they have certainly lifted me! Thanks again, and have an awesome day! 🙂

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