“To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Proverbs 16:1-4
Failure is often a part of life. Being a Christian does not excuse you from failing. We sometimes try our very best. We put our best foot forward. We work as hard as we are able. We do everything in our power. Yet it is still not enough. Sometimes our best is not enough. Failing is never fun. Many times after failing we looking to God, we ask God, “why would you allow me to fail?” But God can accomplish his will and purpose through our failures just as much as he can through our successes. My first big life failure was failing my first board exam in medical school. I learn very quickly that although my world seemed to be ending, life would move forward failure or no failure. At the end of the day it was just a test. We often get ourselves worked up and anxious about the outcomes in our lives. The more time we devote to something the more devastating it is if it does not work out. Similarly the more time we have spent praying for what we failed to accomplish the more we wonder to God why he did not answer our prayer how we asked. For without even realizing it we start to put our hope in the success of whatever we are pursuing rather than putting our hope in God.
Life often comes with many successes but also many failures. The failures often pain us. When we put our hope in the success of our endeavors we can easily be disappointed. But when we make our endeavor God and make our hope God, then we do not have to worry for there are no failures for God and his kingdom. We may fail but God never fails at accomplishing his tasks, purposes and will. Plus God’s will is always good. At he end of the day I can fail at all things in life but if upon my death Jesus says I know that girl then I have succeeded in the only thing that matters. I have entered God’s kingdom as his child. This is the ultimate success. If I can live my life in way that others would join me in making their endeavor God then I have lived a life of success. For the only success of eternal value is God’s kingdom.