Last night as I tucked my thirteen-year-old son into bed, we talked about his disappointment in not receiving an academic award at school that he had missed by a hair. Getting this award was a goal he set several months ago, so as you can imagine, he was feeling pretty low. “Why even try next year, it won’t happen for me again,” he mumbled. I totally understand that mentality, yet as his mom I wanted to say, “No, try again! Keep trying until you succeed!” And I did say something to that effect, but truly, when we take a step backward, meet with failure in our lives, don’t we sometimes just want to throw in the towel?
Here is a poem/saying I came across today (serendipitously, and will share with my son) that eloquently spoke to this topic:
Our entire life is made up of choices,
What we decide,
the action we take,
the attitude we display
All represent the steps of life.
Sometimes we take two steps forward
And one step back.
Some of us take baby steps
Some of us take giant steps
But the secret is not to let that
One step back turn into a failure.
Learn from the backward steps.
Step forward again.
God speaks to this topic also:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~James 1: 2-4
It’s difficult in the midst of failure, unachieved goals, disappointment to feel like it is a “good thing,” but God assures us it is, and that the development of our character, that we are mature and complete, is one of his highest goals, at which he will not fail!