Failures will either sideline us from future usefulness or motivate us for current development. We will make mistakes, but we don’t have to let them define us.
The Question: Why do you think past mistakes keep us from future opportunities?
- Regret is a dangerous feeling that keeps us fixated on our failures and fearful of the future.
- Our culture cancels people after making certain mistakes while celebrating defiant disobedience in other areas.
- If we don’t discover how to learn from our failures, we are destined to surrender to another one – immobility.
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” –Francis Chan
THE EXAMPLE (1 KINGS 18:17-19:19)
- The king characterized Elijah as a cultural troublemaker for being committed to biblical truth (18:17).
- In isolation, Elijah was willing to take a stand for God and against idolaters due to his immense faith (18:22).
- God showed up in a powerful way (18:38), and Jezebel promised to retaliate against Elijah (19:2).
- Hours after an incredible show of God’s power, Elijah is fearful and suicidal (19:3-4).
- God knows discouraged people well enough to know we need both our physical and spiritual needs addressed (19:5-9).
- After Elijah’s failure, God still expected him to finish well (19:15-19).
- Listen to God – God speaks even after the spectacles cease.
- Finish the Task – Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean you can’t get back up to complete God’s assignments.
- Invest in Another – An effective leader who does not prepare someone to lead in his absence is selfishly short-sighted.
- Surround with Support – Isolated leaders may experience incredible moments but will not know the power of longevity.
Great leaders are not those immune from failures but those inoculated from repeating them.