Dealing with Failure

Luke 24: 13-35

We all either admire or are envious of successful people. Whether we are envious or full of admiration for a person though, one thing is for sure – that person is good at whatever he or she is doing. How did they get to be that good in their chosen field?

If you read the stories of all the successful people, there is one common denominator – failure. All of them have either dealt with a series of failures or one huge failure. The difference… it did not stop there. They dealt with the failures and came back stronger.

In St. Luke’s Gospel, two disciples felt they were failures. After giving their lives to Christ and thinking that he was the Messiah they were all waiting for, suddenly on a Good Friday, He was nailed to the cross. They put their trust in Jesus and they felt as though they had failed.

How do we move on from failures?

  1. Failure is a part of life. Life is not perfect and we are not perfect. Also, nothing is certain in this world. Yet, we all have to take risks – sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Show me someone who has not experienced failure and I will show you someone who has not tried at all in life.
  2. The best lessons to be learned are during times of failure. Each person has a valuable lesson to teach in life which is perhaps the key to their success. If you ask the person how he or she learned this lesson, chances are, it was in the most difficult time of their lives. How can we ever forget the lessons we have learned, when life was at its most challenging moments.
  3. God knows what is best. When we don’t succeed or when we deal with failure, did we ever consider that God is telling us something? Did we ever consider that he is guiding us to his plan, which might be better? Had Jesus not died on the cross and resurrected, how would the disciples ever learn never to lose hope? How would they learn that God is always with us, as in the road to Emmaus? He IS alive, as reminded to us by the resurrection.

God’s ways are different from ours. When we feel that we have failed just remember that the Lord is always with us. He will never abandon us – always be hopeful. Remember that after Good Friday, Easter Sunday always follows.

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