Even though I was unable to attend church yesterday, thankfully I was still able to listen to the sermon online. We’re in the middle of a series called One Month to Live which ties directly to our Lenten Study series. Up to this point we have learned about ‘Living the Dash,’ ‘Living Passionately’ and ‘Loving Completely.’ Yesterday’s sermon was about ‘Learning Humbly.’ If you have a chance, definitely check them out online. I listened to mine during part of my lunch hour at work. You can find them online here.
Failure is not final. Thankfully, we have an amazing God who gives us the power to overcome our failures and start anew. Failure is not final. This was the theme of the sermon and I actually had to repeat it a few times in order to engrain it in my mind. And to be honest, I actually enjoyed listening to the sermon online. When I wasn’t sure what Pastor Mike said or wanted to write something down and needed it repeated, all I had to do was push the handy dandy rewind button in iTunes. Can we say lifesaver? Because I wrote quite a few things down.
Failure is not final. We’re going to mess up. We’re going to hurt other people, hurt ourselves and hurt God. It’s inevitable. But we cannot focus on our inadequacies. God does not focus on failures and he doesn’t want us to either. Thankfully, God focuses on our faithfulness and knows that there is something better in store for each one of us. When we concentrate so much on our wrongdoings, it prevents us from moving forward and doing what God calls us to do. God forgives us and wants us to accept that forgiveness and also forgive ourselves. When we are able to do so and are able to take responsibility for our failures, we are able to follow Him and His power.
Pastor Mike ended with a prayer that really wrapped up how we need to learn humbly.. I’ve taken an excerpt and paraphrased it here..
“Thank you oh God for seeing us for who we can be in You – not for who we have been in this world. Failure is not final because in the end, You win. In the end, you through us overcome and in the end, this is not all there is. And in the end, you are victorious.”
God wins. No matter how deep of hole we’ve gotten ourselves into, God still wins. When we realize our failures are not what defines us, but rather our faith in the Lord, then we can move on and walk away. With God’s strength we can get up, dust ourselves off and continue the journey. We face the obstacles in life to test our faith and to learn from our mistakes. Life isn’t just rainbows, glitter and unicorns. Life is dirty and full of
rainstorms thunderstorms. But in the end, with God we’ll come out victorious. With God, failure is not final.
On a sidenote: The more I think about my reflection on Pastor Mike’s sermon, the more I feel the need to forgive. God forgives us for our failures and at the same time wants us to forgive others for their failures. I’ve struggled with forgiveness and you can read more about that here. Throughout the sermon, a name kept popping up in mind. I realize the sermon was more geared toward our own failures, but I couldn’t help but think of this person and how they had wrong myself and my husband. I’ve always said I didn’t think I would ever be able to forgive this person. And after listening to the sermon, I’m actually starting to want to forgive him. In fact, not forgiving him for his failure is actually only creating myself my own failure. I’m failing to forgive. Are you failing to forgive as well..someone else or even yourself? Praise God that He gives us the strength we need to forgive and move on. After all, failure is not final.