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Topic: Failure (03/01/04)

TITLE: Failure
By Vanessa Severino


Failure doesn't always mean you failed at your mission. For many, it could mean, that one set their sights too high, for the amount of wisdom, maturity, and strength they had available, to complete their task. For others, they may have done really well in most eyes, but they are their own worst critic, and always think their best isn't good enough.
How do you know, when faced with spiritual matters and assignments, if you failed or suceeded? For starters, one most trust in the Lord and wait on Him to guide their steps, and follow His lead, vs. their own understanding. This is a win win technique. Secondly, believe the Lord will let them know when they have gotten off track, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Be always sensitive to His voice. Its important to know the difference between conviction and condemnation. Who is saying you failed and why are they saying it? Consider the source! Are they correcting you to discourage you, because you have been a blessing, or are they telling you the truth out of love, to help you learn from your mistakes?Do the words failure that ring in your ear, help you grow and mature, or discourage you? The words of God are meant to correct and build you up, the words of the enemy are meant to discourage and bring you down.
When referring to spiritual sucesses, your encouragement, will bear fruit, set people free, and point them to Jesus, as the provider not you. If your encouragement lifts up the name of Jesus and increase their faith and reliance in Him, then you know it was Gods plan. When we are used to do His plan, for His cause, not our own agenda, for His cause, it moves people, and has the power to set people free. When we try to save the world on our strength, according to our own ideas and plans, we are always bound to fail. This is what failure means to me. Also, you must always maintain the right heart and right attitude at all times, and stick to the plan, stay on task, and your chances at sucess are much greater.
Lastly, dont allow anyone's opinion of your work, take away what you feel in your heart is a good thing, and you are confident God approves of. Remember everyone makes mistakes, just because you fail at something, doesnt mean that you yourself is a failure! We learn and grow from our experiences, as long as we dont let them rob us of our peace, or attack our idenity. God Bless.

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Dave Wagner03/10/04
>>…one most trust in the Lord and wait on Him to guide their steps…<<

Can you give us an example from your life? A situation where you did this, and the results? Tell us a few practical steps…what to look for, how to trust and wait…how do you know when you’ve waited long enough? How do you know the Lord has spoken, and you have your direction?

>> Be always sensitive to His voice…<<

Again, how? These statements are nice, but they leave it up to the reader to figure them out on their own, and therefore, it’s nice reading, but nothing more.

>> When we are used to do(ing) His plan, for His cause, not our own agenda…it moves people, and has the power to set people free…<<

Free from what? And how does our doing His plan set people free? I know it seems obvious, but it’s not…don’t overestimate your readers.

>> Don’t allow anyone's opinion of your work, take away what you feel in your heart is a good thing…<<

Here’s hoping you can take your own advice, as far as my comments are concerned. I appreciate your efforts, but honestly, for all your good intentions, the piece doesn’t really go anywhere. Be encouraged! You have a really good start, and some good concepts on display, but they need to be fleshed out with some practical explanations on implementation in order to take the piece to the next level. Otherwise, it’s just a collection of platitudes.