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Saturday, January 13, 2007

When It Doesn't Go As Planned

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY JANUARY 11, 2007 (EXCERPT)
(Deuteronomy 29:9, 2 Chronicles 31:21)


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How do you respond when life doesn't go as you planned? Let me share
some
insight with you that I have found to be true in my life and I am
sure you
have found in your own life. It is in our failures that we learn
life's
most important lessons and grow. Nobody wants to fail, but the only
person
who has never failed is someone who has never tried. Failure is part
of
life. It is something we all have to experience from time to time.
The
key, however, is how do you respond when you fail? How do you
respond when
life doesn't go as you planned?


The first lesson in losing, in failing, is to take personal
responsibility
and not blame other people or anything else. Having spent 31 months
of my
life in Federal Prison, having ministered these past 17 yrs to tens
of
thousands of men and women who are incarcerated, I can tell you the
biggest
problem I see with people in prison is the refusal to take personal
responsibility for the choices that put them in prison. Most people
you
talk to who are in prison will tell you they are there because of
what this
person or that person said or did. They are not willing to accept
responsibility that they are there because of the choices THEY MADE.
A
person who is in prison will never be able to move forward and turn
their
life around until they are ready to accept personal responsibility
for THEIR
choices.

The second lesson in losing, in failing, is to not let our loss or
failure
paralyze us from trying again. Some people become so devastated by
losing,
by failing, that they simply refuse to try again. My friend, losing
and
failing are part of life. As I said earlier, the only people I have
met who
have never lost or failed are people who have never tried. You can't
be
afraid of losing or failure. Nobody likes to lose. Nobody likes to
fail.
However, you will never win unless you also lose and you will never
succeed
unless you also fail. Rather than being paralyzed by losing and
failing,
let them motivate you. Learn from your losses and failures so that
you
don't repeat the mistakes and poor choices you made that led to
them.
instead of losing and failing making you weak, they can make you
strong.


The third lesson in losing, in failing is this, THERE IS NO FAILURE
WITH
GOD! In the process of serving the Lord, we will always have times
and
experiences when we feel in our flesh that we have failed, that we
have let
the Lord down. That is a lie from the pits of hell! THERE IS NO
FAILURE WITH
GOD! You can't fail when you are serving the Lord. The only way you
can fail
is to NOT serve Him! God uses our obedience and faithfulness in ways
we will
never see or understand until we get to Glory. The reality is, when
we are
yielded to the Lord, God uses our lives to do incredible things that
we
never even realize.

As a matter of fact, I submit that the greatest things you will ever
do for
God you don't even know you did them until you get to Heaven. Those
are the
things you do each day simply by being obedient and faithful . God
will give
us a little feedback along the way since He knows our flesh is weak
and
needs encouragement. However, the vast majority of what God does in
and
through our lives we will never fully comprehend in this life. Don't
forget,
our job isn't to know everything that is going on, it is simply to
be
obedient and faithful. God can use a willing and yielded vessel!


Your first response should be prayer. Pray for God to open your
heart, give
you wisdom, and show you why you lost or failed. Than, you need to
pray for
God to give you the strength to overcome your disappointment in
losing or
failing, and help you to move forward. Lastly, you need to seek the
Lord to
guide you so that you don't make those same poor choices again.
Listen to
me carefully. God doesn't abandon you when you lose or fail. You are
not
alone. He is there with you each moment, so reach out and allow HIM
to
comfort you and give you His peace. God is with you in the good
times and
bad, through victory and defeat, through success and failure.

My friend, as long as you know Jesus, no matter what may happen, no
matter
what the setbacks in life you may experience along your journey, no
matter
what your defeats or your failures may be, you will always win and
be
successful! YOU ARE ALWAYS A WINNER AND A SUCCESS BECAUSE OF
JESUS!!!

2 comments:

Loree Lough said...

Excellent advice, Robin. My only complaint is...why ain't there more of it!? GRIN

Keep writing, keep advising...it's good stuff for readers AND writers!

Love ya,
Loree

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks Loree : )