Sometimes you bomb.
Sometimes you fail.
Maybe your business failed.
Maybe you lost your job.
Maybe you messed up a relationship.
Maybe you’re just feeling like a loser.
God isn’t surprised.
God saw it coming.
God let you fail.
So how do you deal with it?
1. Get Mad
Stick with me here.
God is a big God and can handle any emotion we throw at Him. In fact, He created our emotions for a purpose. Getting mad when God lets you fail allows you to process the anger and disappointment from your loss. If you stuff that anger instead of releasing it, it will fester into a long tap root of bitterness that can grow for years and become almost impossible to remove.
So go ahead and get angry. Get mad. Yell and scream about your loss and failure. Get mad at yourself, someone else, God Himself.
Then, get over it.
God says we can get mad, we just can’t stay mad. There’s a reason He said to not let the sun go down on our wrath. Anger is a just emotion, but shouldn’t be a way of life.
2. Find the Purpose of the Pain
God never lets anything go to waste. There’s a reason He let you fail, and He wants to use your failure to speak something to you, teach you something, or grow you in some way.
Sometimes failure or pain is the only way we listen.
Think of success as the mountain top. You’re feeling like you can soar, you have a great view and everything is great. Tell me, how many things grow on the mountain top? Not many.
Now think of failure as the valley. You can’t see far ahead, and it’s often dark. But how lush the valley is with growth! Things grow in the valleys that can’t grow on top of the mountain.
If God takes you through a valley of failure, grow from it!
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3. Keep Going
Failure is not the end, it’s only a new beginning. God doesn’t want us to quit. He wants us to persevere. To endure. To keep going.
Someone once said, “God said everything will be alright in the end. If everything s not alright, then this must not be the end.”
You find the end if you just quit. Keep going, keep doing what you know and trusting God. The failure you are experiencing now may be the best thing that has happened to you. But you must keep going to find out.
It’s not how many times you fall down, but how many times you get back up that matter.
What about you?
Has God let you fail this week? This month? This year?
Did you get mad?
Did you find a purpose in it? What did you learn?
Did you keep going?
Share one of your failures and what God taught you through it.