The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Brennan Manning (1934–2013), author and priest wrote, “Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.” It’s obvious we’ll experience these maladies as we go through life. But such afflictions can be learning experiences so that we’re able to do better the next time. Our determination is a key to success. You just have to get up and try again. An author Og Mandino (1923–19996) was reassuring when he stated, “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
Secrets to Success
A retired four-star general in the United States army, Colin Powell (b. 1937) looked at success and concluded: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” While, a former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill (1874–1965) reasoned, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” But it was Erin Cummings (b. 1977), an actress, who summed it all up when she wrote: “At the end of the day, you are sorely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that in your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”
Shaping Your Life
Skylar Grey (b. 1986), a singer-songwriter explained, “Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), president of the United States was however reassuring: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” It’s for us to keep on pursuing God’s righteousness, in doing something positive, and putting our trust in his will. Jeremiah 8:4 says that if a man falls down, he gets up again. If he goes the wrong way, he turns around and returns to the right path.