Go For the Rebound


Pastor Doug Duble sent these quotes out to his church in Columbus. He, most often, sends his thoughts along to me as well. Often quoted too is falling down is not defeat unless you refuse to get up. Quitting is when you are defeated. Just as Duane was speaking last week about worry and how it can be debilitating, we can become overwhelmed with scenarios of defeat, failure, self recrimination, and even disgust.

These many quotes from famous people who have known the ups and downs of life and maybe spent a large amount of time in difficulty such as Winston Churchill are important because they are birthed out of the experience. Take a look:

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”– Napoleon Hill

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”– Wayne Gretzky

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”– Jack Canfield

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”– Zig Ziglar

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”– John C. Maxwell

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”– George Bernard Shaw

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”– Henry Ford

Reading the lives of the various apostles, there were so many experiences recorded that could have met failure and quit. The most famous one may be the denials of Peter on the night of the betrayal, the court cases, and the crucifixion. Riding high on the power of relationship with Jesus and his obvious leadership qualities, Peter would have never thought of failing, denying, repudiating his relationship. Wow, how quick things can change. Once the rooster crowed and Jesus glanced over to Peter, he was devastated, broken, personally disgusted with himself. He probably felt that it was all over. He was the biggest loser in the world and probably hated himself.

I think that he would never be, ever again, in the graces of God. When death came to Jesus, there was, in his mind, no way he could ever make it up, correct it. Possibly he thought he was out, no longer worthy to be a disciple, let alone a leader. Jesus knew this. Jesus purposely invited him to breakfast after the resurrection. As they were eating, the thrice denial was turned into a thrice confession of love. With each confession, Jesus renews the call, the commission, the forgiveness. The prophecies of Jesus came to pass. He did become the one to open the doors and lay the foundation of the church and yes, the prophecy of his denial came true was well. Two prophecies at opposite ends of the spectrum, both fulfilled.

Failure was turned into success. Peter lead the church into world changing power and influence. 


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