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Affluent Christian Investor | August 19, 2017

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Learning From Failure

Have you ever failed? I mean, really failed?

You know, that sickening feeling when you realize you’ve missed the mark, made a huge mistake, or gone just a little too far? No wonder it’s one of our greatest fears.

I’ve certainly failed. My biggest financial failure was becomming successful in the eyes of the world and a failure as a steward of what God had given me. I got so distracted by my own goals and achievements that I sought after the wrong things – I accumulated worldly wealth instead of true Kingdom riches.

But God isn’t unaware of our mistakes. In fact, 2 Corinthians 12 tells us that in our weaknesses and mess-ups, He’s made even greater. So don’t give up.

Repentance is part of learning from your mistakes.

Come humbly before God to confess your failures and surrender your future. He’s slow to anger and abounding in love – God can always redeem your mistakes for His purpose.

If you have this attitude, you may be able to avoid messing up in the first place! Psalm 37 tells us, “Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.”

If you’re making short- or long-term goals, pray about them and commit them to the Lord. Proverbs says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”

No matter what your failure is, it’s never so bad that God can’t redeem it.

 

 

Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

 

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