You 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.
As always, this is from my heart to yours,