How should the average Joe or Joann deal with common, ordinary and everyday failure?
First and foremost, we must look in the mirror, look others in the eye and stand nose to nose with the devil and remind all three entities that, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 1:8)
Secondly, we must come to grips with the fact that God loves us in the midst of our short comings, goof ups and mistakes. Somewhere along the journey, the devil has duped us into believing that God’s love is based on our performance AND THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE! As God’s children, why would we not see ourselves as loved by God in every situation? Isaiah 53:5 proves how much God loves us! “... (Jesus) was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Here is the truth! God loves us even when we fail, falter and fall.
No matter what others say and no matter what you might think, God loves you just as you are and not as you ought to be. Get a load of this. We are blessed by a loving God with sensations and emotions that allow us to experience life to the fullest. Right now, thousands of things are happening in your body. Trillions of chemical reactions are taking place in every cell during every second. Hormones are surging through your bloodstream. Your body is breathing, thinking, metabolizing, calibrating, repairing, purifying, digesting, and circulating all of the time and here is the amazing thing: you do not give it a second thought. Just to touch your nose with your finger takes approximately 400 separate chemical reactions. Our nostrils switch on and off every three to four hours. When one nostril is smelling and breathing, the other nostril closes down to rest. Folks, if that is not love, then the oceans are dry!
Here is the deal! Without becoming egotistical or obnoxious, learn to love yourself unconditionally starting today, because God does. Far too often, the feelings that so called failure bring on are based on shallow and secular measurements. Quit measuring yourself with those measuring sticks! Quit it! Quit It! Quit It! The world’s opinion of you is far too subjective. However, God’s opinion of you is objective! It is real! It is honest and it is fair and thus, failure does not have to be final.