The Executive Education Model
There is an old story about a senior executive who made a decision that did not turn out well. In fact, the accountants said it cost the company a million dollars. A million!
Shortly thereafter, that executive asked his boss if he should resign. And to his great surprise, the boss said, "We just made a million dollar investment in your education... get back to work!"
True story or not, the point is a keeper! What may appear to be a failure might, in reality, be one of the greatest learning experiences of your life! The time to get back in the game is the very moment you feel like quitting.
As we enter the Easter season, I often think of Peter. He refused to have his feet washed, and then wanted the whole bath. He promised unfailing loyalty to Christ, and then denied Jesus three times! Bitter tears and shame over his failure finally humbled this man to slow down and listen to the Lord. (See John 13:4-10; 36-38 and Matthew 26:69-75)
But then there was the breakfast-encounter by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus lovingly told Peter that failure is not final, that loving Him is the key, and that he had better "get back to work" because his brothers and sisters needed him. (see John 21).
And it was Peter, of all people, who led the Early Church in preaching and ministry! (Acts 2-12)
Dear friend, the only failure in life is to reject Jesus Christ and refuse to view our experiences (good or bad) from the perspective of God's Word. Maybe it's a good thing to make more mistakes that draw us closer to Christ!