The history books are filled with the biographies of failures who made good. From them we can learn the valuable lesson that failure need not be fatal.
The first President of the United States -- the father of our country -- lost two-thirds of the battles he fought during the Revolutionary War. But George Washington won the war, founded a nation and succeeded brilliantly in spite of those failures.
Who failed more than Babe Ruth? In a baseball career that spanned 21 years, the immortal slugger hit 714 home runs but he struck out 1,330 times! Until he retired in 1935, this famous failure was baseball’s biggest attraction.
A lot of people who have made the history books started out poorly but finished well. Just because one fails at some point in life does not necessarily mean he or she is a failure.
After Edison had experimented 10,000 times with his storage battery and still couldn’t get it to work, a friend tried to comfort him. “Why, I have not failed,” Edison replied. “I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Nearly deaf, with only three months of formal schooling, Thomas A. Edison patented more than 1,000 inventions. During his 60 years of reaching toward the unknown, Edison failed more than he succeeded. But who would call Edison a failure?
Take heart! If life has put you on the canvas and pummeled the breath out of you, it’s still too early to quit. If you feel you must quit, then do it the day after tomorrow. You may have lost the battle today, but you could win the war tomorrow.
The world may measure you by your success, but God will measure you by your faithfulness.