Fool Proof Failure

Life is a ledger.  It’s a careful accounting of wins and losses…of failures and successes.  To some, that may seem pretty black and white. But, in the grand scheme of things, so many things, that we would considers successes in the here and now, are the exact opposite from a Kingdom Perspective.  Considering how we cannot see the big picture, most of how we see things will change in the rearview mirror.

I am not surprised by my failures. Sometimes, I do get frustrated, though.  It’s hard to know what the word of God says about me and what God has called me to, when I see where I am in my life and how long it has taken me to get to the bottom, coming from so far below. I wish I had gone farther, sooner.  

That’s the thing about failure.  The inevitability of it. When you are striving to do and be more, it’s vexing.  That whole thing about being made of dust and vapor gets lost in the quest for perfection. Apostle Paul put it in the best nutshell, talking about wanting to do the right thing, knowing what the right thing to do is…and still mucking it all up.  

Dust and vapor. Vapor and dust.  

Something else about failure: If you’re open and willing and LISTENING, your failures can teach you things that your successes cannot. You learn the importance of not letting your failures define you.  You learn your weakness, and how to strengthen them.  You learn your strengths, and how to capitalize on them. Mistakes are the most excellent teachers of what NOT to do (and, as I’ve said before that is equally important in effectively learning what TO do).  

God is as fully prepared for your failures as He is for your successes. He has calculated them into the plan He has for you and will use even the failures to bring you to your expected end.

Failures humble you, because you learn that God is bigger than they are, and He’s on YOUR side.

I am not surprised by my success (I bet that surprises you). That’s really easy to say, because I know I have virtually nothing to do with them. The whole thing about being vapor and dust is that you realize how much nothing you really are.  Dust can be swept away. Vapor gets lost in a breath of air.  That kind of insignificance makes you painfully aware of what you are NOT capable of, except in the hands of the All Knowing Creator.

Coming from where I’ve been, I have every right to be relegated to a statistic.  And, as it turns out, that makes me the perfect candidate for God to make a masterpiece out of me.  I could easily say, in causing me to be successful, He has truly taken the foolish things of this world to profound the wise.

Vapor and dust. Dust and vapor.

The only thing I have to my credit is my desperation for God.  I know that, in my pursuit of God, like a good lover, I did my best to learn to love what He loves and hate what He hates. I know that He only wants me to be ME.  And, if that’s good enough for Him, it’s perfect for me, because that’s about the only thing I am good at (most of the time)!

I was horrible in a classroom setting.  I was sickly and sleepy all the time…but, I tested well. In writing this, I recognize the natural/spiritual parallel of me. That doesn’t mean I don’t have an education.  Just not one that would qualify me for someone else’s career. I am a student of life, though. I am an avid ‘people watcher’.  And, in watching is where I learned it is equally important to know what NOT to do as what to do.  

And, even in watching, I have learned it’s okay to celebrate my own mistakes as well as my successes. If one never learns to celebrate them both, either can easily destroy in their turn.  


It is in the prayers of others that support and protection can be found.  In the prayers of family or friends, even in the prayers of those who have gone before, that faith in, and identity of one’s self can be restored.  I love the fact that Jesus prayed for me, as did many others in the Bible.  I thank God that I can recall my mother’s prayers and the prayers of my grandmothers.  And, I can hear the sound my own prayers in my head, as well.  

With all of that, only a fool can lose in this life.  And, even in losing, we of the Kingdom will STILL win.   



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