Overcoming the Fear of Failure: Part 2

This message transcript records a message by Wayne Cordeiro. We posted part 1 of how to overcome the fear of failure yesterday

How to Overcome the Fear of Failure – Step 2

Realize that failure is not final.

Failure is neither fatal nor final. In fact, the fear of failure is often worse than the experience itself. I go to dentists but for some reason I am always scared stiff. I’m a grown man, but I stay up nights before the dental appointment. I make every excuse I can to postpone or change the appointment. I will call the receptionist and say, “If there is anyone else that needs their teeth fixed, please let them have my place. I’ll come at another time.” I can’t believe I fight this fear because, thanks to advanced technology today in dentistry, I usually don’t feel a thing. I have my mouth open for a while, not even thinking they’ve begun, and then they tell me they are finished already. It’s amazing! But looking down at my hands, I can see that they are tight. They are holding on to each other for dear life. They are perspiring, and my buns are like rocks. That is how I get my “buns of steel.” I go to the dentist. Often, the fear of failure is worse than the experience itself. Proverbs 24:16 says, “A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again.” Even good guys stumble. The righteous man falls seven times. Not once, not twice, but seven times and… he rises again. Do you think he camps around the fire of failure? No, the righteous man falls and gets up seven times. He just rises again. It’s okay. But, what if you’re stumbling because you are rejecting God and being foolish? What if you’re denying God and not cooperating with Him? What about making mistakes when you do that? Then what is that called? It is called being foolish, disobeying God, and rejecting God. That’s what it is called. Repent! But what if you have received Christ and you are trying your best to serve and love Him, but you still stumble and run into walls? The Bible says don’t worry because “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). If I’m trying my best to walk according to God’s will and God’s way, and yet I stumble, God says, “Don’t you worry about it in the least.” In fact, He says, “I will work those mistakes around for good, and I will turn them into a blessing for you. Just don’t give up. Because when you are following Me, you are in a win-win situation. When you do right, you get blessed. When you don’t, you mess up. But if you are trying to follow Me, I will turn it around and make it for the right.” Isn’t that great?   The above article is part one of a series from the Mentoring Leaders storehouse. Stay tuned for three steps to overcoming failure.  Tell us what you think!