Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
What does it take to be labeled a failure?
I have given this considerable thought due to circumstances in my life lately.
The conclusions I have drawn are these:
1. No one can declare us a failure except ourselves.
2. We are not failures until we refuse to keep trying.
Thomas Edison is remembered for his many inventions that enhanced the lives of many, including us today. But no matter what the invention was he saw numerous failures before he saw success. With each failure he kept going.
“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward”.
Thomas A. Edison, Encyclopaedia Britannica
There are any number of inspirations for not giving up if we look for them.
Colonel Harland Sanders – started the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at age 65.
Grandma Moses – began painting at 76, after arthritis forced her to give up embroidery. She continued painting until 101.
Julia Child – became a chef after many years as a secret intelligence officer. She was 49 when her first book was published, 51 when her TV program “The French Chef” first aired.
Ray Kroc – went from being a salesman to opening the first McDonald’s at age 52.
Sister Marion Irvine – started running at age 47, when she was overweight and smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Went on to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials at age 54.
Laura Ingalls Wilder – published the first book in the “Little House on the Prairie” series at 65.
The list could go on & on but the point is that none of these people allowed the lack of worldly success to keep them down. They put their failures behind them, but didn’t forget what they had learned from them. Then they looked ahead to see what might be ahead.
One of the biggest challenges I have had in my adult life is with a healthy lifestyle. As a child I was very active and was skinny as a stick. But as I became less active and made poor food choices I put on pounds and found it a much bigger challenge to take them off. Lately as I consistently miss work-outs and eat sugar-filled treats I begin to doubt that I will ever win the war with weight.
This week’s verse is a reminder of what God’s desire is for us in regards to our past. He tells us to put it behind us, not dwell on it and look ahead to the new work He is doing in us. Even when it seems we are walking in the wilderness of being alone, of disobedience or discouragement when we look closely we will see good things springing up.
This gives me hope!!
God’s desires for us are always for good, never desiring for us consider that we are failures. But we have free wills and minds that can think whatever we choose. If we choose to dwell on the past or the negative that is where we will stay.
When we choose to look ahead and SEE with faith what God has planned for us we will NEVER fail.
Praise God for the new things He is doing in each of our lives!!
Blessings & Peace,