How many times have I failed?
What do I count as a failure? If I learn from an experience, is it still a failure?
One of the most memorable messages I heard from Pastor Earle at Shoreline Christian was,:
“It’s not that you fall that defines you. It’s not that you get up. It’s how you get up.”
After my divorce in 2008, I became active in two different churches. I wanted variety in experiences and people. I failed at marriage once. I wasn’t about to do that again. I wanted to learn. I wanted to grow. I wanted to make sure I found a man who would help me grow in my faith and grow with me in that.
That’s what I did. That’s who I found. That’s what we’re doing.
I wanted to make sure that how I got back up would be significant and a meaningful definition of my character.
So, I consider the entire “process” as a learning and growth experience.
What have you failed at doing or being? Did you make a conscious effort to learn and grow from it?