Making the Most of Failure

I haven’t written for a loooooong time …I know – but today I was inspired by this simple truth. Hope it touches you too.

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Making the Most of Failure

What we think about God is the single most important thing in the world. How we perceive Him will dictate how we live our life. How we see ourselves in relation to Him will orchestrate all that we are and do in this world.

We live in a success-driven world. So, in particular, seeing any failure in relation to the heart of God is absolutely vital. God is love and the nature of that love must be the driving force behind everything that we do or attempt.

God is not human. He is the sum of everything. He is not just the Creator of the world. He is the Creator of all things, including love. He does all things well, including love. His standard for everything is excellence. The benchmark for success in the Kingdom of God is so high no one can reach it without His input. And yet…

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  1. Very nice and very true Mich. Thank you for sharing this with us. And we (your readers – I haven’t gotten old enough to refer to myself in the plural yet) missed you! I hope everything is well for you and yours. May the Lord be with you.

    You know when I look at how the big questions are structured in this universe. it is clear that they fall into a category we humans call “Super wicked problems” Really! Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_problem These problems have a number of unique criteria listed in the wiki article – one of which is that both the question and the answer must be known in order to find a pathway between the two. A “super” wicked problem has the additional criterion of the framer being a part of the problem and a part of the solution. Wicked problems also have other typical characteristics of requiring a central authority to be solvable, and having multiple “right answers – answers that actually translate to “good” and “bad” vs right or wrong. These problems crop up in many complex considerations including quantum mechanics where they are solved using iterations – sometimes millions of tries before “an” answer can be found.

    Anyway, that said, I was involved in a discussion the other day and it occurred to me that given the nature of these super wicked problems that so well describe the hard questions in life (like social behaviour of the human species and the movement of the very particles upon which God built this universe) that this is likely a reflection of the way God built existence. And that would mean that He built it from the end backwards (as we see it) in time and simultaneously from the beginning forwards (as we see it) in time. The very nature of time is something that is linked inexorably to space (the space/time continuum) and is not fixed as we perceive it. It is a “dis-integrated” representation of some higher function (I suspect integration).

    Anyway, once we realize that God built the universe from alpha and omega concurrently. then there are a whole lot of things that make much more sense. For instance, He knows/knew/will know that we will sin and we will fail and He counts on us to learn from these. Much as when Christ said to Peter : You shall deny me three times before the rooster crows. Although Peter denied that, it is in fact what came to pass and when Peter recognized what he had done, it changed his whole outlook and brought him closer to God through humbleness and faith. In other words, God KNEW what would happen, that he would be denied, and even TOLD Peter that (as he has told us who He is through scripture) KNOWING that it would happen and KNOWING that when it did happen it would change Peter and bring him closer to God. In other words, not only does God love us in spite of our sins and failure, HE KNOWS we are going to sin and that is what it takes (although it shouldn’t as we know then rules) for us to understand. That, Mich is the perfect solution to super wicked problems – construct the situation simultaneously from both ends of time.

    Anyway, just some food for thought. We really missed you Mich and I am glad to see you back, even if it is just for a few words and a repost. Thank you..

    1. Paul – you are a deep soul. That is some seriously good food for though! I hope you are well and writing continuously, when will we see your book on the shelf?

      1. Hi Mich! Awesome to hear from you this Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much for the compliment. I don’t feel confident enough to think about writing a book. Perhaps it will come, not sure but I hope so.

        I hope that all is well with you and your family and that the Lord is with you and has blessed you. Take Care and great to hear from you.

  2. Hey Mich! Hope all is well with you and yours. May health and prosperity be yours in the Lord. You asked when i would do more writing. I just did a guest post over at Cordelia’s Mom http://cordeliasmomstill.com/2015/08/31/gramps-guest-post-by-paul-curran/ It is the first piece of fiction that I have written and I would be honored if you had the chance to drop by for a read and let me know what you think. I suspect you’ll like the ending. 😀 Be well Mich.

    1. Hi Paul – thanks so much for letting me know – I am so looking forward to the read! Be blessed too and may our Father bless you with opportunity above and beyond your greatest expectations. I will definitely give you my thoughts once read.
      Keep well!

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