Have you ever contemplated the way to success? This afternoon, I was browsing through Facebook (not Facebook stalking) when I came across a picture on a friend’s profile that displayed people’s view of success. The diagram (shown below) illustrates what people think success looks like and what success really looks like.
Throughout my entire life, I’ve been taught that as long as I worked hard, I would be successful. While that statement certainly contains some truth, I would argue that failure prepares us for success. To get into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, a player typically needs to obtain a lifetime batting average of .300. That means if a player gets ten at-bats, he will successfully get three hits out of every ten opportunities. That also means that for every ten at-bats, the player will fail seven times!
Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time, said:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
This past weekend, my Pastor, Steven Furtick preached a powerful message entitled “Don’t Stop On Six.” The message was based on Joshua 6:1-20, the story of the walls of Jericho. Here are the highlights to the passage:
1. The LORD promises Jericho to Joshua (v.1-2)
2. The LORD tells Joshua to take his men for a walk around the walls of Jericho for six days and on the seventh day, the priests will blow the horns. When the horns sounds, Joshua and his men give a loud shout, resulting in the walls of Jericho tumbling down (v.3-5)
Notice in v.1 what the LORD says to Joshua, “Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in.” This was what Joshua could see. He could see that Jericho was protected and secured by a large wall. Now notice what the LORD tells Joshua in v.2, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.” Take note that what Joshua was seeing looked a lot different from the promise that the LORD was telling him.
We all have walls (obstacles) in our life that tend to blind us to the truth that there is victory on the other side of the wall. Success in life is a journey. Don’t stop on six. Keep walking in obedience even if you can’t see the progress in the process.
Failure is an event, not a person!