Failure is an Event not a Person

Failure is an event, not a person!

Zig Ziglar

If only more people could realize the truth of this statement. It seems that we know a lot of folks who feel like a failure simply because they did not succeed in something that they really wanted to do. But, instead of realizing that trying and failing at one thing is merely a part of the process, they feel like that they are a failure, and give up! When it comes to the important things we want to accomplish in life, this type of attitude is tragic. But, when it comes to our service to God, this type of thinking can be fatal!


Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Philippians 2:12-13, NIV


The fact is that God wants us to succeed for Him, and is actually working within us to help us fulfill His good purpose. That very fact should cause us to realize how important we are to God and how much He wants us to achieve that which we were created for. And what is that, exactly? To be saved so that we can be with Him forever! That's why we are to work out our own salvation. Note that the verse above does not say that we are to come up with our own plan - God has already determined how we are to be saved. But, after we find out His plan from His Word, we are then to get busy working out that plan so that we might take advantage of the salvation He has promised to the faithful.


We can never do that, however, if we consider ourselves a failure every time we don't get it right on the first try. We are never a failure as long as we don't give up! God Himself works in us in order to fulfill His good purpose, so how could we fail? Once we realize that, combining that truth with the knowledge that failure is an event, not something that we are, we can then get on with the important task of the service that God has put us here for.


If you have felt like a failure in the past, welcome to the club! Now, however, is the time to leave that critical misunderstanding of something that was merely an event on the way to fulfilling God's purpose for you, in order that we might get back to the work of accomplishing the purpose for our existence.