Setback or Failure?

Ever felt like a Failure?

One smart thing Hillary Clinton said in her final speech, “You will have successes and setbacks…” – she did not use the word Failure.

I’m thankful for such an open sentence.

We often look at ourselves as Failures when we lose an option, position, or election… We seldom ever think our Failures are setbacks. Clinton did not use that word when she spoke yesterday morning. Instead, she used the word “setback”.

Scripture is replete with setbacks, and we would have called them failures. Failure is a negative word, no matter how you paint the picture. We know we are Failures when we give in to the situation. Let’s simply curl up in a little ball, and die. (Study the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life”)  Failures seldom pick themselves up and re-enter the fray. Failures are often quitters.

The biggest Failure I find around the ministry of Jesus was the one Jesus chose to be the leader…and yet he suffered a notable Failure when he denied Jesus. In that moment of denial he remembered the words that Jesus spoke to him:

Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” (Matthew 26:33-34 NKJV)

Yet, studying his life deeper we find the failure was a momentary setback.  Peter comes out of his struggle and we find his relationship restored with the resurrected Jesus.

Don’t claim the label “Failure”, rather chose a different mindset. A Setback simply means you get up and get back in the race!

That’s life!

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