Learning To Succeed Through Failure
Someone has said that repeatedly using the same methods that produce failure and expecting a different result is foolish. We ought to learn from mistakes. Thomas Alva Edison and Alexander Graham Bell made more mistakes than anyone and because they learned from their mistakes they had great success. You might prefer to call their mistakes deliberate mistakes, experiments or research.
In the crucible of life, some rare individuals are able to learn from the mistakes of others but most of us learn better by making the mistakes ourselves.
Here in America, many in positions of influence and authority are trying to take away our right to fail. Yes, you read that right. I believe we have a right to fail and we need that right. In taking away our right to fail, our leaders are taking away a vital educational tool. Cradle to grave security produces life-long dependents. We might as well call them life-long failures or babies. The greatest failure of the American educational system is its failure to teach people to learn from mistakes.
Rather than envying and penalizing those who have succeeded we ought to study their failures and their successes and emulate them. Penalizing those who succeed is unjust. Encouraging those who fail to give up and stop trying is unwise. The combination of those two things produces parasites, failures who harm the successful. Nobody wins.
Some individuals learn these same principles on a spiritual level. I believe learning them first on a spiritual level will be very helpful toward learning them on a practical level.
My failure, or if you prefer, my experiment, was that I tried living my life my own way rather than God*s way. I tried seeking my own goals instead of His. Some would say I was a success. On the surface I looked like a success. In my own mind, I was a success. But I had an unhappy and unfulfilled heart. In my mind, I was a success but in my heart I was a failure.
Somehow the Lord taught me that my unhappy and unfulfilled heart was a greater and more important reality than my self-satisfied mind. The satisfaction of my fulfilled mind could no longer take my attention away from the dissatisfaction of my heart.
I received the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
I have learned that the heart of a child of God is filled with joy and peace that overcome the fleeting satisfaction in a human mind. The joy and peace are constant. The satisfaction I had in my mind before receiving Christ was transient.
Perhaps someone reading this will discover that they are making the same mistake that I did and learn from it. Perhaps they will learn from my mistake and/or their own. Perhaps they will . . . taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8.
I cannot express how glad I am that I performed the experiment that God commands in Psalms 34:8. I tasted and saw that the Lord is good and I have become a blessed man who trusts in Him. I*m not particularly bright but I have learned that having the desires of my heart is light-years better than having the desires of my mind.
Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
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