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Topic: Failure (03/01/04)

TITLE: Failure
By Bobbye Terry
03/06/04

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Mark 8:14-18
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. "Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod."
They discussed this with one another and said, "It is because we have no bread."
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?

FAILURE
What is failure? According to the dictionary, it is ďthe condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends or the nonperformance of what is requested or expected.Ē In other words, itís relative. Depending on the perception of the person reviewing your performance, you may fail or succeed. So, if while youíre on earth you fail a test or you lose your job and you feel like a failure, are you a loser? Not according to the Bible.
In Mark, Jesus is distraught that his disciples, who have already seen him take just a few loaves of bread and multiply them into enough for thousands, believe it is necessary to bring a loaf of bread with them. He says to them, ďDo you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?Ē Now thatís real failure.
You see, earlier he makes reference to the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. He does this because unleavened bread in the Bible was a symbol for being free from sin. To have yeast was to have sin. Jesus was saying to his followers that all they had to do was believe in him and they would see the path they were to follow. They didnít have to worry about earthly things. There would be food, and there would be life. They would not fail.
So donít worry if you feel down on your luck. Donít worry if everything seems gray right. Just keep being the person you should be. Keep focused on your path and give your worries to God. Believe in him and ask that he lead you to where you should be. It works. All you have to do is believe, and youíll leave failure far behind.
Dear Lord,
If my life isnít going as I think it should be, help me to stay focused on what is really important. Help me to remember you are the way, the truth, and the light. Make my faith strong so I will always be a winner and leave failure in the distance.
Amen


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Dave Wagner03/09/04
I love that passage from Mark that you quoted. I think their response (it's because we have no bread) is one of the funniest lines in the Bible. Well, to me anyway. I'm glad you quoted it.

A lot of people balk at the "the dictionary says" approach. I would consider avoiding that in any future submissions, if you can. Instead of quoting a definition, illustrate it for us. You could have avoided that by simply starting with "Failure is relative." And then proceding from there. That's a great hook.

>> ďDo you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?Ē Now thatís real failure. <<

I'm not sure I understand the logic behind that statement.

>> ...help me to stay focused on what is really important. <<

Now there's a prayer I pray often. Nice.

>> Make my faith strong so I will always be a winner and leave failure in the distance. <<

And there's a prayer I've never prayed, and can't imagine ever praying. Probably my problem, not yours.

Anyway, thanks for the post. I enjoyed it, dictionary and all.
Donna Anderson03/13/04
AMEN