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• Incident #1:
• Cause of failure – Lack of Faith (vs 14-21).
• Incident #2:
• Cause of grief – Lack of Understanding (vs 22-23).
• Incident #3:
• Cause of amazement – Faith in Action (vs 24-26).
• Famous failures.
• You Tube video clip: http://youtu.be/zLYECIjmnQs
• (1). He wasn't able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would "Never amount to much".
• Albert Einstein Physicist & Nobel Prize Winner.
• (2). Was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she "Wasn't fit for television".
• Host of a multi-award winning talk show & said to be 'The most influential woman in the world'.
• (3). Fired from a newspaper for "Lacking imagination" and "Having no original ideas".
• Walt Disney - creator of Mickey Mouse & winner of 22 Academy Awards.
• (4). At age 11 he was dropped from his team after being diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, which made him smaller in stature than most kids his age.
• Lionel Messi - 3 times Fifa World Player of the Year.
• (5). At 30 years old he was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started.
• Steve Jobs - Co-founder of Apple Inc. & Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios.
• (6). Rejected by Decca Recording Studios, who said "We don't like their sound...they have no future in show business".
• The Beetles - The most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in history.
• (7). His first book was rejected by 27 publishers.
• Dr Seuss - bestselling children author in history.
• (8). His finance died, he failed in business, he had a nervous breakdown and was defeated in 8 elections.
• Abraham Lincoln - 16th President of the U.S.A.
• TRANSITION: Everyone wants to be a success.
• I have never met anyone who purposely set out to be a failure.
• That may explain why so much has been written on the topic;
• The popularity of books on the topic of “How to be a Success” are big sellers.
• Quote: I think it was Theodore Roosevelt who said,
• “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”
• The simple reality is that failure is one of those ugly realities of life;
• It is a common experience to all of us to some degree.
• And the ability to handle failure in its various forms and degrees;
• Is a vital part of a Christian’s spiritual life and maturity.
• A study of the Bible soon reveals that most of the great figures of the book;
• Experienced failure at one time or another,
• Yet those failures did not keep them from effective service for God.
• i.e. Just think of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, and Peter.
• Though they failed at some point, and often in significant ways,
• They not only recovered from their failure, but they used it as a tool of growth;