Has it ever crossed (or zig-zagged) through your mind that there just might be something worse than failure? Has it?
It hadn’t really swam through mine, till i saw this qoute some weeks back and now it’s almost always in my subconcious;
D.L. Moody — ‘Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.’
By deafult/training, we grow up knowing that we should fear failure and embrace success, it never occured to me that there were instances where failing would be more welcome than success. I realized after reading this qoute that many of us are so success driven (which normally is a good thing) that we pursue it everywhere, even in the areas that don’t matter. Now, so i don’t sound too vague, or nonsensical (I just like the word😊), I’d explain.
I have no idea what D.L Moody had in mind when he wrote this (or maybe I have the Idea but i just don’t known that I do) but this is the context in which i saw it: Every life has it’s purpose, there’s somewhere we all fit into in God’s big picture of humanity, “living” in itself is a journey of discovery and fulfilment of that purpose.
Picture this, one cool day, you bought a really nice and expensive glass bowl to serve food to some special guests who were coming over for a visit and then someone in your home saw the bowl and because it looked so fancy assumed it was meant for decorating and then kept it on the shelf in your living room, your guests came over latter that day and saw the glass bowl on display and they all thought it was a beautiful bowl, but one of their kids was playing around and the bowl toppled over and was shattered into a thousand tiny pieces, destroyed beyond repair. You know what will come to my mind first? “Chai! I haven’t even had the oppurtunity to use my bowl“, but in truth the bowl had been in use, just not for the purpose I got it.
Jesus is the bowl-owner, and we are the bowl (all shiny and beautiful), but there’s a reason why he paid a heavy price on our heads (shedding his blood on calvary), he has a purpose, but alot of times we spend our days chasing success in every other area and neglecting what he desires of us, we are serving a purpose quite alright but not HIS purpose. Like the bowl we have become pieces of decoration admired for our worthy achievements but in truth God knows we aren’t serving the purpose for which he made us (and saved us).
I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.
Philippians 3:12 (living bible)
Wouldn’t you rather fail at everything and succeed at the things God would have you do, instead of succeeding everywhere else but failing where He is concerned (if ever there were to be such a choice).
Back to the qoute, I don’t support the idea of having a “greatest fear” or living in fear, but I do agree that we need to understand this; Not all successes are worth pursuing because in the end, some things really do not count, and if you can decipher early enough what matters and what doesnt, you can channel your energies into better pursuits.
Imagine how it would feel to get an ‘A’ in a test, and after you’ve done your victory dance and all, you are told that it wasn’t part of the curriculum! I mean, it’s an excellent result, you were successful in the test, the only issue is, IT DOESN’T MATTER.
So the moral of the story is, pursue success, but let it be success in the things that matter (especially those that matter before God). Start spending your life on what matters now, because each day that passes is another day less in this countdown called life.
P.S – This just came to me “Dont let anyone define success to you, save the one that made you”