How To Fail Successfully

“God… works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13

The great inventor Charles Kettering suggests that we learn to fail intelligently. He said, “once you’ve failed, analyze the problem and find out why, because each failure is one more step leading up to the cathedral of success. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try.” Here are three suggestions for turning failure into success:

  1. Honestly face defeat; never fake success.
  2. Exploit all failure; don’t waste it. Learn all you can from it; every bitter experience can teach you something.
  3. Never use failure as an excuse for not trying again. We may not be able to reclaim the loss, undo the damage, or reverse the consequences, but we can make a new start.

God does not shield us from the consequences of our actions just because we are His children. But for us, failure is never final because the Holy Spirit is constantly working in us to accomplish His purposes. He may let us fail, but he urges us to view defeat as a steppingstone to maturity. God is working for our good in every situation, and we must act on that good in order to grow.

Knowing how to benefit from failure is the key to success – especially when we trust God to work in us, both to with and to do His good pleasure. – DJD

Failure is failing to trust and believe
That God can accomplish His purpose through you;
Failure is failing to keep on trying
TO do all the Saviour has asked you to do. – Fasick


Read: Philippians 2:12-17

Taken from Our Daily Bread.