I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’m not the only one who’s faced failure or disappointment.

I mean, even the most successful people meet failure at some point in their lives.

The difference is in how you let it shape your life.

Will you let it motivate you or depress you?

The world would tell us lies, like you aren’t good enough or this is as far as you’ll come, but God has a different message.

So in my case, I ran pretty bad this weekend. But weirdly enough I’ve never been more excited to keep running.

Yeah I ran slow. Yeah I didn’t win anything.

But God has blessed me regardless.

He gave me this passion for running and the ability to do it. Most importantly, He put me in a place where people believe in me.

I know God is in charge of my life and because of that I’m not going to let failure shape my life.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

So while this weekend was disappointing, I am not discouraged. In fact, I’m actually encouraged!

I know this is not the best of my ability and I know I can work harder. Thankfully I also have teammates that are the perfect examples of how much hard work can achieve.

I am encouraged today because I know my weakness and failings will only prove to amplify Gods power in my life when I meet success.

This is the lesson I learned tonight and I hope maybe you too can be encouraged from what I’ve learned.

We are weak, but Gods grace and power is always sufficient.

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