Hello dear readers, how’s you going? I hope and pray everything is okay with all you. My post this time is a re-post from my old post in July 2013. I deliberately re-post because a few days ago a friend of mine shared his problem because in pioneering his own business, he experienced fails many times and it made him get frustrated. I am trying to encourage him to not being frustrated and give him some suggestion to avoid failures in the future. I hope and pray this re-post could strengthen all of us especially when we have to face failure.
This morning I was startled by a letter from our marketing director. Through my secretary, she was handed a resignation letter. I was surprised because I did not hear rumor about this resignation. I immediately asked him to come to meet me.
“What is this?” I began the conversation seriously. “Yes. I am sorry ma’am. That is my resignation letter. I intend to resign from this company” He replied with a bit hesitant. “Ok. Give me a good a reasonable reason. So far I have not seen obvious reason to this resignation. Please explain to me” Then he gave me an explanations.
The point is, He felt he had failed to lead his division in order to increase the level of sales of the company. This case relates with our last meeting whereby company profit does not achieve the target. According to him the profit target is not reached due to insufficient sales. He said: “Ma’am, because I’ve failed and I have a moral responsibility to the company, I think it would be better to resign.
Then I said firmly: “Ok! I’ll give you an answer about your resignation right now! My answer is No! As a top leader in this company, I reject this resignation letter.”
He surprised. I said to him: “with all due respect, please show me who the people in this world who have never experienced failure in their life. Could you show it? You might see I and my family have never experienced failure. No! You are wrong. We have experienced the failures. We had ever collapsed, even living in the failure. Every people in this world must have experienced a failure no matter big or small failures. You may see the others boards never failed in this company. But remember, they might experience on the other side of their life.”
My dear friends, the story above represent that many people often see a failure is the end of everything. They saw the failure as the scariest things in their lives. I have a simple opinion about a failure. In our lives sometimes we need failure. A failure is not represent our ignorance or inability. In fact, failure is a best way to know our weaknesses and lack. Failure is a best teacher that we can learn more from it.
Proverb 24:16 said:
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”
This verse shows us that we have to learn from failure. We can never shy away from failure. But the most important is that we have to always be willing to learn from failure and continue to persevere in prayer. God will give us the strength to rise from weaknesses because of failure as written in Isaiah 40:29:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”.
Failure is a step to success. It makes us wiser and mature. Do not ever be afraid with a failure and never give up but we do not do something that has a big chance to fail. Like my father always said: “failure is only a small part of our lives. Among the ocean failure is just a small ripple.
Finally, after quite long conversation, I said to the director: “Please do not ever run away from failure. Face and accept it! If the company assess you has been fail, then the company itself will ask you to resign. If you say you have a moral responsibility to this company, do not leave it. Do the best for all of us with your moral responsibility. Our company still running well, until this time the board of commissioner still satisfied with our performance. It means, I do not see any a failure in every part of this company. Including you! This company still needs you.”
As believers, we have to look at failure with positive lens. So, we become optimistic and bold make changes for the betterment of us. Try and fail much better than as though has never failed because it does not dare to take a risk to try. Don’t fear to fail! Amen
“It is fine to celebrate success but it is important to heed the lessons of failure” Bill Gates
“I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process” Thomas Alfa Edison
“Failure is only a small part on our lives. Among the ocean, failure is just a small ripple. Don’t fear to fail” Chandra Susanto
Karina – living by faith
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Reblogged this on Church Set Free and commented:
“My dear friends, the story above represent that many people often see a failure is the end of everything. They saw the failure as the scariest things in their lives. I have a simple opinion about a failure. In our lives sometimes we need failure. A failure is not represent our ignorance or inability. In fact, failure is a best way to know our weaknesses and lack. Failure is a best teacher that we can learn more from it.”
Often the very best sermons are not in church on a Sunday!
Karina always has my full attention when she posts – and this post from 2013 has my full attention 5 years later.
What about you?
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It’s a great honor, again, you reblogged my post to yours. Thank you very much, Brother. God Bless
The honour is mine
Karina, these words are very encouraging and such an inspiration. Thank you for posting this wonderful reminder. Blessings!
Thank you so much, dear. God Bless.
Karin what is the real definition of success.
Success is fulfilling the complete purpose for which God made us. It has nothing to do with wealth, accomplishments, stature in life, or standard of living. It has to do with living a life of obedience to the Father. And when we live a life of obedience to the Father, we will fulfill the purposes that God had in mind when he made us.
Our role on earth while we are there is to destroy the works of the enemy. God want us to know that our name is known in hell. The spirits are afraid of us because we know the power that God has entrusted to us for our purpose. Many people are ignorant of God truth and walk the earth as prisoners of war instead of God front-line soldiers. The enemy abuses them because they do not recognize the power within them.
The Lord has a different measuring stick. The Lord is not impressed with our ability or what I can do for Him. Only one thing delights Him people who fear Him and put their hope in His unfailing love. What does it mean to fear God and place my hope in His love? It means I acknowledge that God is the source of all that I’m. He is the one who gives me the ability to work, plan, and execute. He does not want us to look to our abilities, but to His abilities. Sometimes it is difficult to balance these two perspectives.
However, I bet if we ask God to show us how to maintain this balance, He will do it. Then we will know that our heavenly Father is looking on us as a proud Father.
Lord, may we fulfill every purpose for which you made us for.
May there be no inheritance left on the table that we are entitled to.
Humbly yours, Living In God’s Holy Trust
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Thank you very much for your further explanation on my post. I really appreciate it and will become my personal reflection. Thank you and God Bless.
Thank you for these words, Karina. My son just turned 50 and has been with the same company for 20 years. His company is closing its doors in a couple months, which means my son will be out of a job. His first thought was that he was a failure at 50.
Your words will be great encouragement to him. Thank you.
Dear, sister Kathy
You are welcome, sister. I’m sorry heard about your son and I personally pray he will get a new better job. Thank you and God Bless.
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Excellent share. It’s good that gave this person a good talk about failure not being the end. Sometimes we all just need a little reminder.
Dear, brother Harris
Thank you very much for your love comment 🙂 God Bless.
failure is just a small ripple among the ocean. great thought from father Chan.. love it. Thank you very much for sharing this, my gorgeous sister.
Then always keep it in you mind, my little sister.
Thank you Karina for visiting my blog. Be blessed.Jalal
You are welcome 🙂 God Bless
Dear Karina, thank you for reposting this. I did not read it the first time. Your director is blessed to work for your company. Blessings to you as you continue to encourage others in the Lord.
Dear, sister Frances
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for your lovely response. Blessing to you too.
So encouraging to me! The Lord called me to go on to the mission field this year & I’ve really failed at doing my part in raising the support because of distractions and fear. But the Lord has been telling me that it’s not over and to not give in! I have two weeks to find 50 monthly supporters and though it is a big task it is possible in His power! Your blog really spoke to me, I was about to write about this on my blog as well! If you’d like to follow me I’m illuminatinghislove.wordpress.com
Thank you very much for visiting my blog and reading my post 🙂 I pray for you mission. May God leads you in every of your step in the mission. I’ve been follow your blog. Thank you and God Bless.
Amen Karina…when we have been strengthen…go strengthen others
Amen! Thank you very much, sister June. God Bless.
Karina, first I would like to express my humble appreciation to for following my blogs. It is an encouragement every time I notice you’ve “liked” a post. I just wanted to let you know because your opinion is one I respect. So, again, thank you for reading.
But the other thing I want to say is that I appreciate this post. I determined last month to return to the business of insurance sales – I am working with Aflac again. Today was one of those discouraging days when seemingly nothing good happened. However, your post pointed out some very important verses to remind me to keep getting back up after a fall. And more importantly, I am reminded by your post that God cares about our work, and we must do all for His glory. Quitting does not bring God glory.
Dear brother in Christ, Anthony.
Thank you very much for your lovely words. Well, though I’m not read all of your posts but trust me that I love your posts. I can learn many things from your posts. I pray for your work in Aflac. I really know working as marketing insurance has its own challenges but as we know there’s nothing impossible before God and as you said, God cares about our work. Doesn’t mean I’m advising you, just surrender all to God and let God work in our lives. Thank you so much,brother Anthony. Have a blessed day and good luck.
Very well written and said. I needed this reminder today.
Thank you very much for your lovely comment. God Bless.
I just wrote a blog about this for a friend and I also let her read this one. It’s amazing that no matter how you look at the topic it is all the same. Face the failure embrace it and learn from it.
Ooh I will love to read your post about failure. Thank you very much for visiting and reading my post. God Bless.
Sure thing take a look at it!!
I so needed this post Karina! God really does teach us great things from failure. When we know our identity is rooted in Christ, we lose the fear!
Thank you very much for your time to read my post also for your lovely comment 🙂 Thank you and have a blessed weekend.
I love that! ‘When we are rooted in Christ, we lose our fear!’ Amen!
Your post strengthens and encourages. ❤
Thank you very much, sister Anna. 💗
Hi Karina, I like that you included a quote from Thomas Alva Edison, I read his biography once and he basically said ‘without my failures there would be no success’. Like you say we need our failures, their purpose is to improve us, not destroy us. I read a Chinese proverb this week “fall down 7 times, get up 8” not quite as good as Proverbs 24:16 but it is a world wide, cross cultural truth. I struggle with the Western World’s need to label people by their failures or their lack. A person is Autistic or a person is Dyslexic or a person is ADHD. Imagine if Moses had always called himself a ‘murderer’, or David had only been ‘an adulterer’ or ‘the smallest’. What if Abraham had only been ‘unfaithful’ or Joseph had only been ‘a slave’ or ‘a prisoner’. If we only call people by their failures or by the name of their lack we are forgetting God, “The Lord is my Shepherd I Lack Nothing!” We forget his redeeming love and we nullify his transformative power.
I love Nick Vujicic, the man born without arms and legs who has been used abundantly as the hands and feet of Christ. We need our weaknesses so that God can show off in us, through us and for us. He is a glorious God who will touch us with his glory when we come to Him in weakness.
Thank you for re-posting for those of us who hadn’t read the original!
Dear sister in Christ, Lauren.
First of all, thank you very much for visiting my blog and read my post. I really appreciate it. Well, there are so many people in this world got success from their weaknesses of failures. Failure is just a small part of our lives and would become a stepping stone to the success. Thank you very much for your great thought on my post. Have a blessed day.
I opine, one who fears to fail, just fears to take risk, thus remains cribbing for not being successful in life.
Thank you very much for your great opinion in my post. I really appreciate it. God Bless
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Thank you very much, Pastor. God Bless
Amen. I really loved this post Karina. Many times, people think failure is the end of the world but it’s rather another opportunity. Failure has many lessons we can take away and apply to our lives. God bless you. Have a great day/week 🙂
Dear, Queen Karen.
Thank you very much for reading 🙂 I am grateful you like my post and I hope and pray could be a blessing to and others. Thank you and have a blessed day..
Your spirit shines radiantly in your ability to guide and lead! Your words are very inspiring in sharing this truth! Thank you for the smile you birthed within my spirit! Spiritual hugs and blessings always my sister!
Dear brother in Christ, Wendell. Thank you very much your beautiful word. God bless.
Everyone one of us has failed at one point in time in our lives. But we we don’t have to give up. If we fail, or fall ,we should rise up, learn from the failures and keep going again.
Dear brother in Christ, Victor..
Yes I absolutely agree with your comment. We should rise up again and again..also learn from the failure. There is old Chinese quote says, failure is a precious lesson 😉 Thank you very much for your wonderful response, brother. God Bless and have a wonderful Sunday.
You are blessed too Karina. I see that you have a good heart. Please keep it up.
without failure we cannot grow.
Dear sister in Christ, Nancy. You’re so true. Thank you for reading. God Bless.
The fear to fail and the fear to not rise up again is the biggest burden thrown upon us. What would I fear if the Lord God is with me!
Thank you for your encouragement!
You are welcome 😉 thank you very much for reading and commenting my post. God Bless and have a nice day.
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Someone said: “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong” and I totally agree. I think opening ourselves to making mistakes is probably the most imortant task we will deal with when we first start learning something. All in all, mistakes and failure are proof we are trying 🙂
First of all, thank you very much for visiting and reading my post. Yes I absolutely agree with you comment. I love your last word, mistakes and failure are proof we’re trying 👍 once again thank you very much for your great comment on my post. Have a nice day and God Bless.
Beautiful post again, well written and something to teach us. It’s always my pleasure to read your posts. Your blog is one of those blogs that I don’t want to miss. Keep blogging my friend. You are a huge blessing. Keep shining in you workplace, home, anywhere you are. God lives in you where ever He lives it will be trutn, love and peace. 🙏
Father, I pray right now that this post be a blessing for every reader. Help us to understand any failure is a step of success. Help us to grow in weakness, help us to know you more in every step of this life. In Jesus Name Amen.
Thank you very much for your encouraging comment and also for your prayer 🙂 I really..really appreciated. Thank you and God Bless.
This is an amazing, encouraging and wise post!! I absolutely loved reading it! Everyone should read this post!! ❤ ❤
Thank you very much for reading and for the lovely comment 🙂 I am grateful you love it. Thank you and God Bless.
I started a business earlier this year! It was awesome! I loved it and it made good money. Then I registered it, and set it up with the state. Then I had to jump through hoop after hoop to get it done right. And it ended up tanking my business. I couldn’t afford the insurance. I don’t consider it failing. I did the right thing. I chose to walk away and choose the ethical decision of paying taxes. Vs keeping it alive not paying taxes and making lots of money 🙂 I still miss it sometimes though. I guess that’s why I started my blog, because I missed organizing something.
Thank you very much for visiting my blog, following, and also reading my post. I really appreciate your lovely comment about your business. Thank you and God Bless.
Much love and blessings to you 💜
Thank you very much 🙂 God Bless
What a wonderful and encouraging post! Failure is scary. I hate when I fail, and I do more often that I’d like to admit, but my greatest growth and ultimate victories have grown out from the ashes of failure. I hope your friend is encouraged by your post.
Thank you so much for reading and for the lovely response to my post:) Yes I hope and pray this post could be a blessing and encourage others too..thank you and God Bless.
This is SO good! I am so blessed by the way you encouraged that man! What wonderful words of life and truth!!
Dear sister in Christ, Jennifer
Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, also thank you for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it. God Bless and have a wonderful Saturday.
And thank you for visiting mine! The richest of blessings to you!
Thank you very much 😃Thank you for visiting my blog. God Bless.
Thank you very much 🙂 Also thank you for reading and liking my posts. I really appreciate it. Have a blessed day.
Please read my first post
Thank you very much 🙂
Stepping out in faith can be a real challenge. Even when we fail, however, the Lord does not abandon us. There are always lessons to be learned. ❤
Thank you very much for your lovely comment, sister Anna. Also thank you for reading again my old post. God Bless.
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