If at First You Don’t Succeed…


try again

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

In a meeting in the poor section of a southern city,  a boy stood to play a violin solo. After beginning three or four times, he gave up and sat down. How discouraged and embarrassed he was. Some snickered. The boy’s father stood up. The pastor thought that he was going to scold the people for their rudeness. He didn’t, however. He walked to where his son sat. He put his arm around his shoulder and encouragingly said, “That’s all right, son. You tried!” (from the book: Knight’s TREASURY of Illustrations.)

Have you ever failed? I believe it is safe to say that we all have. No matter how old or young, at some point in life, if we step out and try something new we are going to fail.

Did you have someone there to pick you up and dust you off? What a difference that makes.

As Christians each of us is going to fail at some point. Maybe you tried to witness to someone and were met with rebuke. Maybe you tried to sing a special at church and messed up. Maybe you invited someone to church and were rejected.

No matter what the situation, I want to encourage you today. “That’s all right. You tried.”

I want us to remember that our success as a Christian does not depend on other people. Our success as a Christian depends on our faithfulness to God. If God calls you to do something, whether it be singing a special at church or witnessing to a friend, God is looking for your availability. God wants us to be faithful to His calling. We are to leave the results up to Him.

The devil wants us to believe that if we do not succeed at what we set out to do for God then we have failed. He knows that if he can keep us discouraged then we will defeat ourselves. Do not let the devil steal the joy you have in serving God. Keep on doing what you feel God has called you to do and He will bless your efforts.

There is an old saying that I try to remember: “It is better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.”

When I stand before God one day I want to hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Go out and boldly serve God today. He has great plans for your life.

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