“ Do you believe that my failure in life has become the end of the road for me?” I was surprised when asked this question standing outside the gym one day. I responded quickly saying that, “I believed that there was more to his life then living behind bars, and that his life had a purpose beyond his failure.” Although some of us live in complete denial of our failures, many of us often are faced with the shame and disgrace that it brings. Although we desire for our lives to be a success, we have to remember that in a fallen world, failure is a part of life.
As Christians we often fail to realize that our lives are not above failure. In 2 Corinthians 4; 7-9 Paul introduces the likelihood of failure in our lives. He talks about the treasure of the gospel that we have in “earthen vessels” which are our frail and fragile human bodies. God has entrusted His priceless treasure the Gospel to be kept safe in the bodies of human beings. What happens to human beings? They are troubled, distressed, perplexed, persecuted, cast down, but never destroyed. Though we are never totally knocked out, we are knocked down continually in life. In other words, we fail a lot.
Failing is not the issue, but what we do when we fail is. John Keates wrote, “Failure is in a sense the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterward carefully avoid.” So whatever our failure in life may be, instead of being buried in its disgrace and shame, lets make it a stepping stone to our success. Jonah failed miserably in his role and responsibility as a prophet. Yet God gave him a second chance to go to Nineveh, and 120,000 people repented before God.