Balance in Failure


Coming off a great accomplishment, a huge success, we feel invincible. The gratification of solving a difficult problem, completing a large project, or impressing the boss with a spotless proposal; after events like these you sleep soundly knowing you did a good job.

But there are other days when success is lost. You couldn't finish that paper, or you failed to fix that situation; those days end much more solemnly. You lay in bed doubting your abilities, your purpose, and your worth. Times like that can be tough, and surely there will be more in the future, but you cannot let your worth be defined by them.

Whether you feel the triumph of success or pain of failure, time is relentless and tomorrow will come. Disappointment and doubting yourself day after day will bring up dangerous emotions. Success is pleasing, but also fleeting. You must find balance and grace in every situation. It's good to rejoice over accomplishments and learn from mistakes, but both are temporary. Your purpose is not.

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

— Philippians 4:12 (HCSB)