Failures = Opportunities

Stop wasting time beating yourself up over past failures.FAILURES-OPPORTUNITIES-shortcomings-quote-photofromcolekeister

We don’t need to waste time looking at the weight we didn’t lose, the money we didn’t save, the books we didn’t read, etc.  We have nothing to gain by only focusing on our shortcomings and failures. Looking back is the best way to miss the new thing God is doing in front of us.

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert,” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NASB).

He promises to make rivers in the deserts of our lives. He doesn’t say that He’s going to bring rain because rain is only temporary provision. A river is a consistent supply. He will bring new life to whatever was dead.

“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers,” (Psalm 1:3 NASB).

FAILURES-OPPORTUNITIES-miss-new-quote-photofromunsplashsonniehiles.Our past failures aren’t just failures.

 

We should look at them as opportunities for God to bring provision and life to those situations. Just because it didn’t work out in the past doesn’t mean we should simply give up. God wants us to improve, receive promotion and enjoy this life. We all face frustration and confusion along the way. Those are the times we choose not to look back to our former ways and trust that God is making a way in our wilderness. He will show us how to navigate change and push through when things get tough.

I encourage you to look forward to the new thing God wants to do in your life.

Allow Him to bring new life to what you feel is lost or dead. You’ll see Him do amazing things not only in your life, but in the lives of those close to you. As He works in your life, it will spill over and bless others.

The Power of Routine

Doing the same thing every day builds momentum for us and sets us up for either success or failure.

We see this work in our relationships, work and many other areas. If we make a habit out of not communicating with or showing affection to our spouse, eventually our relationship will dry up.  If all we ever do at work is check Facebook, text and give less than half our effort, we’ll end up without a job. These are simple examples of a bad routine.

This most definitely applies in our relationship with our heavenly Father. We can allow ourselves to drift away from God when we don’t renew our minds in His Word, spend time with Him in prayer and neglect worshipping Him. We may not notice at first, but after one month, six months or even a year we’ll see that we haven’t grown and our hearts have turned colder toward Him.

This happens because people have a negative view of a routine.

We hear the word “routine” and automatically think “rut”, “monotony” or “boring”. While a daily routine has the ability to be all of those things, it certainly doesn’t have to be.

A routine that is founded on God’s vision for our lives is anything but boring. The problem we have is we allow our routine to choose us, instead of our choosing our routine. We let our jobs, entertainment and TV shows dictate the pace of our lives. As a result, we are bored because there is no life in our lives.

When the events of our day are shaped around God’s plan for us, He will bring color and light back to our lives.

20171128 - The Power of Routine - Events Shaped quote - photofromunsplashshmiketinnionWe’ll leave behind the dullness of the world and start participating in the building of God’s kingdom.

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

It begins by discovering God’s vision for our lives and building our days around vision.

We have to commit to His plan and choose to do the things that move us toward the goal. There will be times when it seems monotonous and boring. We may even go through seasons where it seems like we’re not growing. In these times we only need to be patient and trust that God is working. Our daily walk with Him will always bear fruit. If we will wait to see what it is, we’ll never be disappointed.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT)

Fear of Failure

Fear-of-Failure-Stops-us-from-living-quote-photo-from-unsplash-by-mitchellensinkOne of the greatest fears in the world is the fear of failure.

The fear of failure stops us from living life the way God intended. It causes us to settle for jobs that are below our potential.  This fear keeps us from becoming the husband or wife that we know we could be.  It causes us to place our real dreams on the shelf.  We are so certain that we’re going to fail that we never step out at all.

If we are controlled and manipulated by fear, then we are living below God’s standard. Jesus died and rose again to save us and give us an abundant life, a life that overflows.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows),” John 10:10 (Amp)

The love of God unlocks this overflowing life.

Love-of-God-Unlocks-quote-photo-from-unsplash-by-gilibenitaWhen we accept the truth that God loves us perfectly and allow that truth to be the foundation of our life, then fear will have no say.

“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror,” 1 John 4:18 (Amp)

Fear’s voice in our head tells us to be self-seeking, because everyone and everything else is against us.  It will say that we should get all that we can for ourselves and give nothing away, so we aren’t left empty-handed.  When we are controlled by fear we fail.  We are selfish in our jobs and our relationships.  We never give them the chance to be what God wants them to be. Living this way is no life at all and will lead to a lonely and spare existence that falls tragically short of God’s design.

Love will always lead to be self-sacrificing and generous with all that we have.

Love will remind us that what we think is “ours” is actually God’s and is meant to be a blessing to others, not hoarded for ourselves. This will lead to us to flourish at work and at home. We won’t have to worry about failing because we know that God loves us and is on our side.

“Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end],” 1 Corinthians 13:8a (AMP).