“You must follow exactly the path that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess.”
2 - Reflect
There is a strong feeling linked to not having achieved something, we tend to identify it at failure, but it actually has more to do with anguish. That sadness that comes from having "failed", or having been unable to reach a goal is able to push away from our faith. We may become reclusive and confused, and constantly ask ourselves what we did wrong along the way that caused us not to reach our goal. It is related to our expectations, if they are too high or unreachable, we will surely become frustrated towards the end of our path.
We should not be ashamed to recognize that we were unable to finish a project or fulfilled a dream. Perhaps it was just not the right time for us to learn, or maybe we needed to pay attention to other things we had neglected. God will comfort and strengthen us so that we may resist that bitter drink. Everything that did not go the way we wanted it to must not define us, but rather it should give us confidence to try again. Our Heavenly Father's word will guide us in the darkness of our negative thoughts, the ones that appear when we have failed ourselves. Our successes and our failures will help us grow and mature as faithful Christians.
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