Growing Through Failure by Chuck Swindoll
…refuse to compare yourself with another person.
We look at the neighbor who’s never lost her job or our fellow Christian who found Jesus later in life but seems to exhibit a spiritual maturity that exceeds our own. We compare ourselves to them, and we are unwise in this comparing.
Look to the Lord, and gain the right perspective. If your prespective is based on the Lord’s loving-kindness that goes from everlasting to everlasting, you won’t compare yourself with others.
Even when you fail, God promises to use those failures to make you a better person. Jesus sees people not just as what they are but also as what they will become. That leaves a lot of leash for failure.
Finally, remain obedient to the Lord. When you blow it, your tendency may be to toss it all and tell yourself, This whole business of Christianity doesn’t work! Forget it! I can’t pull it off.
We tell ourselves a lot of lies when we fail, don’t we? We’ll say, Why try again? God is tired of hearing that same line. I’ll never get it right.
But instead of listening to ourselves, we need to listen to God. Scripture says clearly, “Serve the Lord, do His will, obey Him, stand firm. God knows what He’s doing.”
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust.
Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone – as though we had never been here.
But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear Him.
~ Psalm 103: 12-17