Failing, To Succeed

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“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

Wow! Those are encouraging words for me today. And perhaps for you, as well. Seems like, at this point in my life, I fail far more than I succeed. But the Bible says that when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) Through our failures, God yields His strength to us. And, in these cracked, clay vessels, our

imperfections allow God’s light to shine through. The imperfections are still there. Yet they serve the greater purpose of allowing others in this darkened world to see God’s glory radiating through us- failures and all.

Like Michael, let’s keep on trying!

2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

2 Corinthians 12:9,10: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (ESV)

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Your Divine Appointment

snowflake4To those who know and love God, remember today that your life’s purpose is appointed by Him.  It fits within His divine purpose for all mankind and for His creation as a whole.  Your individual purpose has many facets.  Within it’s scope, and directed by God Himself, your life’s journey consists of a series of appointments.  Each one is different and unique in it’s own way.

Wherever you are today, whatever your current appointment, no matter how joyous or how challenging, remember that God is with you every step of the way and that He is using your current experience and circumstances to shape your life.  He is also using them to shape the lives of others and to orchestrate His divine plan.

So trust Him, no matter what this day brings, and know that you are appointed by GOD Almighty!  You are a part of GOD’s Grand Plan!

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

Proverbs 3:5,6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall directyour paths.” (NKJV)

In Christ’s Love,
Angela