If your life is anything like mine, failure is your constant companion. It seems like I fail at half of what I attempt. There is a common idea that if you don’t fail you are not trying. Thousands of quotes from famous people remind us that failure is just the beginning of success. Apparently these people haven’t played much golf. Contentment seems to be the middle ground. If you make the right decisions in the things you can control, and live with the things you can’t control, you can find some contentment in your life. This, of course, depends on whether you make all the right decisions and you are not upset when you get rear-ended on the freeway. The expression “life isn’t fair” fits rather snugly somewhere in all of this.
I would be discouraged all of the time if I didn’t realize I live in a failed world. That’s right, we are doomed to fail, physically, mentally and spiritually regardless of what earthly steps we take to prevent it. We can thank Adam for the ungodly predicament. Adam was the first to fail. He doubted what God had promised. He then passed the dissent on to his ancestors in the form of rebellion. Everyone is infected and most don’t realize it.
Doubt and disbelief are the collective cause of all failure. It was God's desire that men live in full agreement with Him in the kingdom of God where there is no failure. All Adam had to do was accept God's fair and just offer to keep and do His Word. The result would be rewarded with eternal life in paradise where success is a way of life. Failure is never rewarded! The human experience is a colossal failure followed by death. Men have proven over and over again that failure is the universal condition of the human race. The world in which we live is as evil now as it has ever been with no change in sight.
But wait, God didn’t abandon us! He fixed what was broken. The elixir is love! "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) He provided a new Adam that would agree to His conditions even though it would cost him his life. Love overcame the failure. Now by faith, we can have all that God offered the first Adam. For all who are willing to accept Jesus and the reward He brings, we can with confidence look forward to a life full of wonder and success. For more about God's promise for success, read my free ebook "Beam me up Commander"