|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Don’t be afraid of failure”.
In his book, “Make Your Bed” Navy SEAL Admiral William McRaven tells the story from his days in SEAL training about what they called “the circus”. If a trainee didn’t perform well enough during the day’s training, he ran the risk of being invited to the dreaded “circus”. The circus was an extra training evolution held at the end of the day after all the other trainees had been dismissed and sent to the barracks. If you had failed in some way during the day, you were required to stay behind for an extra two hours of hard training.
Not only were you already exhausted at the end of a long hard day, but the circus promised to be even more difficult than anything else you had faced so far. That also meant that you would start tomorrow’s training extra tired. Failure had a price and this was it. Obviously the circus was feared and some trainees chose to quit and drop out of training rather than go through it.
However, nobody avoids failure and therefore everyone ends up facing the circus sooner or later. Admiral McRaven himself endured the circus on multiple occasions. But he soon learned that overtime, as he dealt with the consequences of his failure, and as he pushed through that failure, it made him stronger. And it enabled him to succeed the next time.
Failure is like that. It can defeat us and cause us to quit or, if we learn from it and overcome it, failure can strengthen us and prepare us to do better in the future. But facing your failure, dealing with it, and pushing through it, requires courage and determination. At the time of the failure it can seem easier to just give-up and quit. But most failures can be overcome, and you can then go on to accomplish the thing anyway on the next try. There’s much to be learned from any failure if you will at least try to deal with it.
In life you will be faced with your share of failures, and each of them will come with a cost. Don’t let them defeat you. As Joshua said, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you.”
We have a responsibility to face our failures with courage and confidence.