Dumb Sayings

“You can’t be safe and brave at the same time.”

You can say a lot of dumb things in one sentence.

At the beginning of school this year I saw a bold proclamation on a school marquee: “Failure is not an option.”

I know the young scholars were properly inspired but I couldn’t help think, “Someone who says that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

You know how to keep from failing? Never try anything. Stay in bed and pull the covers up over your head.

But, if you’re audacious and trying to accomplish something, at times you’re going to fall unceremoniously on your pretty little nose. What to do? Get up and get at it again.

Ultimately failure is not an option but before the ultimate victory there’s often (always?) a ton of toe stubbing. That’s not failure, you argue. Maybe not. My toe will be glad to hear it when it stops hurting.

Accomplishing anything in life requires you to risk the pain of failure and sometimes actually experience it.

Gary Haugen, president of the International Justice Mission, a group that tries to rescue people caught in slavery and injustice says, “You can’t be safe and brave at the same time.”

Haugen left the security of a US government Justice Ministry job in Washington D.C. to begin this organization. It was scary for him. Since then, hundreds and maybe thousands of people have been saved from slavery. But, it came with a price and failure was always a possibility.

If you’re not willing to fail you’ll never accomplish anything.

It’s true that ultimately we win with the Lord, win eternally. But, in life there are lots of times when we feel like a total failure. How we handle those moments probably determines if we will be successful in the long run.

How do we handle failure?

Have you sinned? Repent. (1 John 1:8)

Have you failed to accomplish your goal? Go back to God. Ask Him what went wrong (if anything) and if He shows you something get busy doing the thing right.

“So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.” (Luke 11:9, 10, Amplified)

“Life Has No Remote Control, Get Up And Change It Yourself !” (Swiped from Facebook friend who swiped it from a Facebook friend)

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