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. Continue reading