Does Failure Keep You Down? (5.19)

Do you ever feel like a personal failure?  Do you set out to accomplish something only to see yourself unable to accomplish it?  When that happens, what is your attitude?  Do you let that get you emotionally down, or do you pick yourself up, try to learn from the experience, and press forward with the things God has set before you today?  There is a principle in life that, You Need to Sometimes Fail in Order to Succeed.

There’s a basketball player we all know about who exemplifies the principle, and that’s Michael Jordon.

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed” — Michael Jordan.


Besides good coordination, brains, and developed skills, there’s another reason Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player to every play the game.  He didn’t let failure stop him from succeeding.

He missed more than 12,000 shots throughout his fifteen year career.  Some of those shots were when the game was on the line — it was the difference between winning and losing.  And he took the loss of a lot of games on his shoulders.  Not a happy locker room afterwards!

He missed more than 50% of the shots he took and he was paid more than $90,000,000 throughout his career to miss those shots.  (And that monetary total does not include his endorsements, photo shoots, appearances, etc.)

Yes, Michael Jordan earned 90 Million Dollars and he missed over half of the shots he took in his long career!

Yet he’s the greatest basketball player the world has ever seen.

The possibility of failure . . . no, the reality of failure . . . pursuing our calling always exists.  There is no such thing as “perfect.”  Ecclesiastes says failure and success are built into the pattern of life.  “Plant your see in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another — or maybe both.”   Ecc. 11:6

So our life, ministry, and calling is not about getting everything right.  It’s how we look at, and process our failures as well.  Learning why we missed the last shot, is necessary and valuable.  But to dwell on that to the point of discouragement and depression, is NOT valuable.

Focusing on making the next shot is best for our attitude, and is the way of Faith — “forgetting what lies behind, we press on . . .”


This BAD NEWS, desperate world needs YOU . . . to do what you can . . .  in your corner of it . . . to bring GOOD NEWS!




About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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