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July 2008

     Most people will readily admit that failure is a very real part of human experience. Their own failures stare them in the face, and seeing the failures of others who are close to them help rivet that fact.
     What men and women need, is not to be told of their failures. They already are aware of those. What people need, rather, is to understand what to do with their failures - how to overcome when they have failed.
     It is true that failure is not all negative, and our failures can actually contribute toward growth of character, as long as we learn lessons from our failures, and make the needed corrections. However, serious personal failure has the potential to leave a person feel devastated, ashamed, and even rejected - which leads to loneliness. For a person who has experienced this, it's important to know that there is an answer.
     One of the most popular books ever published, (after the Bible) is John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress". In this book, the writer, through the use of allegory, conveys an illustration of a Christian's journey through life.
     As Christians, we understand that making the choice to become a Christian will not eliminate all problems in life. You will however, have access through the Lord Jesus to solutions to the problems life brings.
     This is where the allegory, Pilgrim's Progress, portrays life and its challenges in a very real way. The pilgrims, Christian and Faithful, who are at the center of the story, are not superhuman people. In fact, their lives portray the many weaknesses which are native to humanity. As they journey toward the Celestial City, temptation at times lures them away from the right way. This is failure for these pilgrims, and they become discouraged and fearful. It is only as they recognize their failure, repent and seek God's help in order to overcome, can they again experience the joy and blessing of a victorious life.
     Serious personal failure brings feelings of shame and remorse. Such emotional response is a God-given blessing, and helps lead to correction and victory. However, a person who continually leaves failures unresolved is in danger of becoming a lonely person, unable to enjoy freedom of heart and spirit.
     Take encouragement from the words of the Scripture, "The LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous" (Psalm 146:8).
     Has personal failure overcome you? First of all, seek the help of God. There is no source of help that is better. By God's help make all effort to fully resolve failures, and you will find life to have joy and fulfilment.
     If you can, find a copy of Pilgrim's Progress, read it, and let yourself become inspired with the fact that the Christian life is lived out by real people who face real temptations.
     It's choosing what to do with temptation, and failure, that makes all the difference.

- Mervin Brubacher
   Barwick, ON
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lamentations 3:22

Overcoming Failure