Redefining failure

    Thursday Reflection

  14th October 2021

...'Let Me help you'...

Do not gloat over me, my enemies!
For though I fall, I will rise again.
Though I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be my light.

.....Micah 7:8

Thomas Edison was a man who saw many of his experiments fail,
but he continued doing them anyway.

He knew that it was better to get up than to give up. He was committed
to excellence. In his search for a filament for incandescent light bulbs,
he experimented with hundreds of fibres and metals.
In 1879, he discovered a method for making an inexpensive filament
that would handle the stress of electric current.

Today we call his discovery carbonised cotton fibre-thread!
However, the filament was so fragile that it easily broke in an
open-air environment. Almost by accident, he tried inserting the filament
within an oxygen-free tube.
To his surprise, the filament glowed!

It didn't burn long, but it burned. Eventually he and his helpers
discovered the secret was in creating a vacuum within the glass bulb -
and using a tungsten filament.

"In the life of the Christian, we face many trips, tumbles, errors and failures.
The voice that visits us in those moments is not the voice of the Father,
but of the adversary.
He doesn't say, 'Nice try.' He shouts, 'Failure!'
He asserts, 'You can't live this Christian life,' or, or,
'Stay down. You won't be missed,' or
'You deserve better than this.'

"It's the Other Voice we need to hear. That Voice says,
'Let Me help you with that.
I have been there before, and I know you can make it.
My strength is sufficient for you.
I never will leave you or forsake you.
Together we can become strong. Take My hand.'

Jesus himself said,

28  "Come to me all you
    who are weary and burdened,
    and I will give you rest.

29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
   for I am gentle and humble in heart,
   and you will find rest for your souls.
30  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

.....Matthew 11:28-30


God wants to honour us for our achievements,
not punish us for our falls. He sent his Holy Spirit
to be our Companion, Counsellor, Advisor, Helper
and Friend. I confess that I'm one of the millions
of Christians who regularly recite the verse from
Philippians when situations are challenging.

"I can do all things through Christ

who strengthens me." 4:13.

How can we not love this uplifting, soul-stirring,
take-on-the-world promise?
There is actually more encouragement in this verse than we might
think at first. Paul wrote these words while facing some of the
worst trials of his life. Despite the threat of pain and death,
he realized that God gives us strength in ways that go beyond
the good times and the everything-is-okay moments.

The strength of Jesus reaches right down into our turmoil and pain;
he gives us the strength to not only endure the tough times,
but also to grow during them.

However many times we fall, he is will be there to help us up.
We can face any situation and be content no matter what happens
because of one important fact: we aren't meant to just slog through
the pain; we're meant to see our faith blossom right in the face
of our battles.

God equips us with the armour we need to stand firm.
When we fall, he will be there to give us the strength
to get up again when we put our trust in him.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
"In Christ alone."
sung by Keith & Kristyn Getty,
Alison Krauss