Failure: A Natural Teacher of Leadership

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Sunday, November 23, 2014 1 comments

by Preston Hunteman

Failure. No one likes to admit it, especially me.  I have wanted to grow up and become free of all the rules associated with living at home. The truth is, failure is a fact of life. One of the best things about the Scriptures is that they give testimonies of real people. We get to see them in all their failing glory.  Jacob and Esau, Abraham and Sarah, David and Bathsheba, David and Uriah, Moses in the desert, Jonah, Peter, and so many others.

Ultimately failure is what makes us grow up and experience life to its fullest.  Think of a child.   Have you ever seen a child learn to walk or run?  Did you see that child fail and fall on the floor continuously while the parents closely hover by?  Can you imagine yourself as the child trying to find his way in a new world?

Although you may not like to fail, know that you are not alone.  God is right beside you all the way.  As the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, nothing will befall you which you cannot stand up underneath.

Your failures are among the most memorable things that will ever stay with you.  Failures are sometimes God’s way of showing us what we could do all along but never did because of this or that.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Failure is only as permanent as you will allow it to be. An extraordinary leader does not fear failure rather he embraces it to learn from the pain so that it may be better for the next time. Great things are accomplished once the fear of failure is less than the desire for the given goal.


Anonymous said...

Great post Preston.
Thanks of the reminder.