The high school commencement speaker was the president of a large corporation. He was chosen for the occasion because of his success. Yet his speech came with a most unusual wish for the graduates.
The speaker told the students sitting before him in their graduation gowns. “If I could have one hope for you as you go out into the world, it would be this : I hope you fail. I hope that you fail at something that is important to you. ” He went on to say how his own early life had been one failure after one another until he learned to see failure as an effective teacher.
Many of the songs of Israel were born in season of failure. Out of desperation came the cry, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”.
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Sometimes we are not ready to see the wonder of God’s wisdom and strength until we are gasping for breath in the exhaustion of our strength.
A recurring story of the Bible is that mountains of faith rise from the valleys of failure. Before discovering the high ground we are looking for, we may need to see the failure of the dreams we hold in our hearts and trust instead in the love, wisdom, and guidance of our God —-Mart De haan
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In 1971 he killed a man. Even though he was the prime suspect in the murder, no one could prove it and the case was abandoned. Som he got away with it. Or did he?
Nearly three decades later, in failing health and living in a nursing home, he confessed to the crime. A detective who headed the original investigation said, ” He was looking over his shoulder for the last 26 years, not only for the law, but for his Maker. I think he wants to clear his Maker. I think he was wants to clear his conscience before he meets his Maker — or try to at least. ”
How’s your conscience today? Clear or clouded? What would it take to be ready to meet your Maker? How can you be made clean?
It may seem strange to speak of blood as a cleansing agent, but that’s how the Bible connects the death of Jesus on the cross to our standing before God. Christ shed His blood so that we might be forgiven and made clean inside. Because of what He has done. we can have a clear conscience and draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.”
No matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus Christ can give you a clear conscience. Why not confess your sin and make things right with you Maker. —-DCM
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