Originally published on June 8th, 2016
How does our faith teach us to see success in failure?
We live in a success-driven world, especially at work. Success criteria, success metrics, success stories; these reign supreme in our day-to-day activities. Our company performance models are tied to our achievement and our ability to prove it. As a result, we are on a perpetual hunt for opportunities to showcase our wins in order to demonstrate we are valuable contributors to the business. It’s just part of the game.
But what about when things go wrong? It’s not like there’s a bonus plan tied to epic fails. As a Christian, how can you keep your mind on what is praiseworthy in failures in an environment where failure is treated like a plague?
Here are a few tips to help you identify and celebrate the success in failure:
One of the great promises we have in our faith is that God works everything out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). I’m sure you have countless stories of times when your lowest moment turned out to be the beginning of your highest achievement. Remember these times when you fail and anticipate the good to come.
So you’ve been praying for opportunities to share your faith at work, haven’t you? Nothing speaks louder about in whom you place your trust than the way you respond to failure. Believe me, people are watching. As you demonstrate a godly attitude of maturity and accountability, someone is bound to ask you how you are able to fail so well. And that’s your queue to tell them “the reason for the hope that is in you”. (I Peter 3:15)
Take time to reflect that your real value is not subject to sales numbers, project metrics, or campaign stats. Your value is secure from now until eternity in Christ, come success or failure. Now that calls for celebration! (Psalm 139:13-16)