Failure Underlies Success

"Fall enough times, you'll start memorizing new ways to stand."

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I've always looked at failing in anything as being negative. I never really consider failing as being part of a process that helps to shape you into the person that you want to be. I never really understood how God could watch you fail at something, and not help - until I experienced failure on my own. It took me failing a couple of times before I truly realized why failing is an essential part of life. Whenever I fail at anything I like to refer back to Romans 5:3-5 which states, "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."

Romans 5 verses 3-5 always gives me hope during a time I have failed at something because it is my way of talking to God and knowing that this was all a part of his plan. God places trials and tribulations along your journey of life because that shapes you into the person God has you destined to be. Before college, I was so use to always being good at everything - from my education, to my social life, to just life overall in general. However, upon entering into "adulthood" I began to notice I had many weaknesses. My first major failure was like a blow to my pride, but it humbled me. Failure knocks you down, but knowing that everything has a purpose in your life should be what picks you up. My failure helped me to establish a stronger relationship with God, and to focus more on working on aspects in my life that I wasn't so strong in.

Success has no expiration date, and it doesn't matter where you start in life but instead where you finish. You may fail a million times along your journey, but I promise you each time it'll be a learning experience. Each time you'll take your failure as a lesson and a blessing versus being a setback. Failure underlies success because in order to succeed you're going to have to fall a couple of times. You're going to fail at some point in your life, but what matters most is that you don't let failure define you.