Yesterday, I received a message at my ministry page which said, “There is no silver lining on Facebook.” At first, I said to myself, “Oh, no! I let down my readers… again.” I thought how my life doesn’t always allow for my enthusiasm about God’s truth, to be shared the way I planned. God gives me so many ideas, but so often, when it comes to making by them happen, I fall… short. In other words… I fail.
I hate failure. I hate fear of failure. I hate… failing. The truth is, real life gets in the way of our plans. There’s the bad stuff; like illness, discouragement, and the unexpected. Cars break down, contractors don’t finish jobs, houses need cleaning. Stress! There’s the good stuff too; like children who need us to play with them, family outings, and Christmas shopping and parties! Still, stress!
In all this business of life, sometimes even the good things become stressful. We may want to buy a gift for a loved one for Christmas. It should be enjoyable planning out how we can bless this person we love so much. But when there’s too much to do, and we feel in danger of failing; suddenly Christmas shopping may just feel, in more ways than one, like another item to cross off of our list.
And then, there are the lies. There are the lies we have been taught about failure by: society, schools, media, the world, and sometimes even our own parents. With all the lies we believe about failure, combined with a lack of sufficient time and energy needed to accomplish everything on our “lists,” wouldn’t we all be destined to fail? Since time does not slow down for any us, and the clock keeps on ticking; how in the world are we ever going to stop failing?
We are going to look at God… our Creator; God, The One Who created both time… and us. We are going to ask HIM how we are doing; not ourselves. Because those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ, have God living inside of us! When Jesus is with us, we are not doomed to fail in life. Instead, we are destined for great callings and amazing blessed futures! No matter what is going on in our lives, and no matter how we perceive it, the truth is we are literally only on the way UP when we have Jesus living within us! We are headed towards a life of eternal perfection!
So, if we are saved, yet struggling to understand the fact that we are not failures, we just need to ask The Holy Spirit to show us! This is what The Holy Spirit did for me, as I reread the message from my reader. I hadn’t posted on anything on my Facebook ministry page, even though I’d mentioned to my readers that I was planning to do so each day. This woman had let me know that it was missing; and the silver lining went through my head: “This precious reader is looking daily at The Silver Lining ministry page! She came to this place, seeking encouragement! She also reminded me that there is a very real need… People are reading God’s Words… here! They will find biblical scriptures, the plan for salvation through Jesus Christ, and inspiration and encouragement from the wisdom God so generously and graciously gives me to share! What a gift!
Without realizing it, this precious woman provided me with the silver lining that I needed. I don’t usually realize which people are reading my blog, because most people read the posts without responding. I am only able to see how many people read it, but I’m just happy that they enjoy reading my work! Some people share the posts, and others comment. Some reach out for prayer, and others ask questions. Sometimes I receive feedback; other times I don’t. There are some treasured times when I run into someone I haven’t seen for a long time, and she tells me how something I wrote touched her heart! These times always surprise me, because I don’t know that this particular person has been reading my blog. Sometimes; a minister, a writer I admire, or a good friend will leave some words of encouragement. Other times it will be someone I don’t know, telling me she or he is grateful that I understand. These moments are sweet, knowing God is using me to make a difference!
Though it’s nice to receive feedback which lets us know we are on the right track, we won’t always get to see the effect we have on those around us. But God does see it! If we are focused on Jesus, following him to the best of our ability, then in spite of our shortcomings; we will not fail. For God has promised us that we are already victorious through His Son, Jesus Christ. God will also send affirmation and encouragement our way, just when we need it the most!
If you feel like a failure, renounce that lie in the name of Jesus! Ask God to show you the truth about who you are in Him. If you love Jesus and follow him, you are already pleasing God! Those of us who follow Christ, will be touching hearts, in ways we could never imagine! So let’s keep our eyes on God; knowing and trusting that He can turn our failures into successes. For, our Creator, God, is perfect. He makes no mistakes, and He can fix anything and everything. If you belong to Him, stand straight and tall. God’s children are NOT failures! God’s children are VICTORIOUS through Jesus Christ!
Wherever you’re headed, with Jesus, you’ll always be on the right track!
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character,hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Rom. 5:3-5 New International Version).