You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not (in vain) without results.  1 Thessalonians 2:1 (NIV)

If you could look at every successful person’s past I think you might be encouraged!  Not for all of the RIGHT things they did, but because of all their failures! 

Did you know?

King David was a liar, adulterer and murderer.

Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times.

Walt Disney was told he lacked creativity and was forced to close his business.

Isaiah was discouraged and ready to quit.

Milton Hershey was fired from his apprenticeship and watched 3 candy businesses he started, fail.

Peter was a coward.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

Moses blew it, until God showed up in a burning bush.

We are not alone.  Failure is not the end, it’s the beginning!  It helps us discover what didn’t work, who we really are and what we might try next.

God gives each of us talents, dreams and passion.  Often we allow the bumps of life to deflate our purpose.  May I encourage you right now?  

The eight people I mentioned above were human, just like you and me.  They each felt incredibly weak and ready to quit.  What if they caved into that feeling of inadequacy?  Would Pharaoh have let the Israelites go?  Would Babe Ruth have hit his 714th home run? 

You are reading this on purpose.  This is your call to action.  Your failures are a learning tool that provides a path away from missteps of the past, into your bright and beautiful future.

Jesus, we know that You have given us gifts and talents so that we can fulfill our purpose.  Will You reignite that passion in such a mighty way that nothing can extinguish it?  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Luann Prater

Executive Director and Founder of Encouragement Café Ministries

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