Thomas Edison was taking a lot of criticism for failing to invent an inexpensive light bulb. He said, “I haven’t failed, I’ve just discovered 10,000 ways that will not work!”
FAILURE IS NOT FATAL
· Mark Twain – Al. Gr. Bell asked him to invest $5,000 in his new telephone company. Said no and instead invested $250,000 in a new style type-setting machine. The type-setting machine was a bust and by 1894, Twain declared bankruptcy.
· In 1924, Louis Mayer of MGM studios rejected a pitch from 2 brothers about a cartoon featuring a mouse, saying it would frighten the women. So Roy & Walt Disney started their own studio to produce “Mickey Mouse” cartoons and films.
· How would you like to be the Universal Studios executive who told George Lucas no on his movie idea he called “Star Wars”. 20th Century Fox didn’t make the same mistake.
OUR FAILURES NEVER CATCH GOD BY SURPRISE
IN SPITE OF OUR FAILURES, GOD STILL LOVES US AND HAS A ROLE FOR US
“FAILURE SELDOM STOPS YOU. WHAT STOPS YOU IS FEAR OF FAILURE.”
– JACK LEMON
WHAT GOD WILL DO FOR YOU:
è God will be patient with you.
è God will keep loving you.
è God will be with you.
è God will give you power, purpose, & a plan
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“YOU’LL NEVER LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO MAKE ALL THE MISTAKES YOURSELF, SO LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS.”
HOW TO COME BACK FROM A FAILURE:
è Admit it.
è Face the consequences.
è Ask forgiveness from whoever you should.
è Accept God’s grace.
è Learn from your mistakes.
GOD’S RESPONSE TO OUR FAILURES
è He expects it
è He forgives it
è He uses it
è He sees past it
1. Put your faith in Jesus.