15 September 2011 Midweek Manna

Chaplain’s Midweek Manna

Topic: “Restored Failure”

Failure is an event, not a destiny. This is good news because we all fail sooner or later, and if we are honest, we all fail over and over again. It’s not our initial failure that ruins us. It’s what happens next that matters.

Failure doesn’t mean you have blown everything. It means you have some hard lessons to learn.

It doesn’t mean you are a permanent loser. It means you aren’t as smart as you thought you were.

It doesn’t mean you should give up. It means you need the Lord to show you the next step.

It doesn’t mean that God has abandoned you. It means that God has a better plan.

When we have failed, especially when we have failed those we love the most, our mind becomes a swirl of emotions–Embarrassment . . . Anger . . . Fear . . . Shame . . . Despair. We feel dirty and unworthy because we acted foolishly. When we have hurt someone deeply, we want to know if they still love us or have we blown everything?

Will they ever forgive me?

Can I ever forgive myself?

Peter and Judas of the New Testament Bible were both followers of Jesus Christ. Both failed God and those closest to them. Peter denied Jesus 3 times and Judas betrayed Jesus and turned Him over to those that wished to kill him. Scripture reveals their guilt and shame for their actions and failures but one was consumed with guilt and the other was restored. Judas killed himself, possibly because he saw Failure as a Destiny. Peter was restored and made chief Apostle, because he understood through the mercy of God that failure was an event which could be restored and not a destiny that destroys.

Has your failure at home, work, in relationships, financially etc… become your destiny or a place of restoration?

Blessings to All,

Chaplain Coker

This message comes to you from the Command Chaplain, Lieutenant Mark E. Coker.

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