"I will arise and go to my Father..." Luke 15:18.
We are all familiar with the story of the prodigal son. He demanded his inheritance from his father, left home, and wasted it all on riotous living.
It's the story of a Jewish boy who ended up in a pigpen, feeding the swine. It seemed a hopeless situation until as the Bible puts it, "He came to himself."
Nothing changed for this son until he decided to get up, start moving in the right direction, and accept responsibility for his life. God will go to great lengths to help you, but He can do nothing for you if you just lie there. If you accept your failure as final, then you're finally a failure - but not until then. The prodigal son discovered that his future was just waiting for him to make a decision.
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So is yours!
John Maxwell says, "Failing doesn't mean I'm a failure; it just means I have not yet succeeded. It doesn't mean I've accomplished nothing; it just means I've courage to take a risk. It doesn't mean I'm inferior; it just means I'm not perfect. It doesn't mean I should give up; it just means I have to try harder. It doesn't mean I'll never make it; it just means I need more patience. It doesn't mean God has abandoned me; it just means He has a better idea."
I am often smiled at (sometimes even mocked and ridiculed) when I tell folks that my favorite baseball team is the New York Mets! I get such comments as, "Why don't you choose a team that has at least won a world series in this millennium?"
You see, I became a fan of the Mets back in the 1980s when they were winning and even won the World Series. Anyone can just pick the winning teams and go with the flow, but it takes a real fan to be faithful when the team is losing (see the Mets' record in the years after that World Series).
God is like that with us. He doesn't abandon us at the first sign of failure. No, if we will get up and try again, He is there not only to help us but to cheer us on to victory.
So if, my friend, you feel you have failed at something in your life, be encouraged. Your Father wants to redeem you from your failures, release you from the trap you're in and restore you to fellowship with Himself. He's just waiting for you to turn to Him today with all your heart.