I closed my computer and sat down on my bed in frustration.
I’ve tried so hard. What am I doing wrong? I wondered. Sighing, I whispered aloud, “Maybe you’re just not meant for this after all.”
I had worked so hard on a project I felt God wanted me to accomplish, only to have it fail and crumble right before my eyes. I wanted to give up.
What I couldn’t see then is that what I saw as a failure was actually God’s preparation for what came next in my life.
It’s the same for you too, friend.
That dream you think is a failure, and you’re too afraid to dream again because you don’t want to fail twice? Or that rejection you thought would shatter your heart if you were faced with it again? They are merely God’s way of preparing you for whatever wonderful thing He has coming next.
I know it can be easy to want to give up. I know it can be easy to just walk away from your dream or your calling. But you absolutely can’t quit now. Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Your breakthrough is coming.
It’s been said that Thomas Edison failed around 1,000 times before his invention of the light bulb worked.
Can you imagine what would’ve happened if he’d given up after 100 or 700 or even 999 times, right before it succeeded? He never knew what would happen with his next attempt. Maybe he would fail again, or maybe it would be the time he would succeed. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty glad he never gave up.
Friend, you have no way of knowing if your next attempt at that dream, or that plan, is going to be the time you succeed. So you can’t give up now. Your breakthrough will come. You just have to hold on long enough to reach it. Maybe it won’t look the same as you planned. But God does have a plan more perfect than you could ever imagine.
Keep fighting for it.
2. Failure makes us appreciate success that much more.
Earlier this summer, I was having some health issues and we wondered if it was related to a food allergy. Because of this I went on a gluten and dairy free diet for two weeks. During this time, I could not eat any of my favorite foods (which all happen to include cheese or bread). Instead I had to learn to eat foods I wasn’t really thrilled about. But you know what?
At the end of the two weeks, when I was able to go off of the diet and eat my favorite foods again, that pizza never tasted so good. So it is with your failure and your success.
If all you did was succeed and achieve every goal you ever set, you would not appreciate it nearly as much as if you fought hard for it. Perseverance in the face of failure is so difficult, but the best part? When that dream or that plan finally comes true, your celebration is going to be sweeter than anything you’ve ever imagined.
3. Someone is counting on you to fulfill your calling.
If God has placed a dream or calling in your heart, I can guarantee you that He did not place it there by accident. I guarantee you that God did not just give you a calling or vision for some random reason. He knows what He is doing in our lives.
He knows what He’s doing in your life.
If you face rejection or failure with the dream or vision He has given you, please don’t give up. Someone in this world is counting on you to do exactly as God has called you to. Someone out there needs to hear what you have to say. Someone out there needs to receive the encouragement you have to offer. Someone out there needs to be reminded that they matter and maybe you will be the only person to remind them.
So when you’re ready to give up? Think about that someone. And then keep pressing on. In spite of the failure. In spite of the fear. In spite of the rejection. Keep going.
Don’t you dare quit now.