“I. Hate. Failure.”
That’s how I planned to start my short devotional talk last Sunday evening before our monthly Moments in Missions.
Someone far closer to the front of the auditorium “captured” the podium before I took even one step into the auditorium! Chalk that one up to befuddled communication. 😆
So my talk will need to wait. But in the interest of trying to encourage you, let me give you the verses I thought to use.
But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.
I pray for them. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
1 John 2:1
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 5:12
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
To me, those sound very fitting to those who have failed; that is, to people such as I.