– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
The headline of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette sports page read “Victory eludes grasp.”
And sports writer Tom Murphy said, “…the Razorbacks suffered yet another frustrating loss …”
Have you ever been there? So close to victory that your outstretched fingers have almost touched it. Almost.
As parents and grandparents, it’s good to remind the next generation that we all experience defeat … to tell them stories of when we tried so hard but just didn’t succeed. Failure is just part of life. But it still hurts.
“Winning is great, sure,” said Olympic Champion Wilma Rudolph,”but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”
We’ve all heard of Thomas Edison and Walt Disney. Did you know that Edison was told by his teachers that he was “too stupid to learn anything”? Disney was fired by a newspaper editor who told him that he lacked imagination.
But without these two men we wouldn’t be watching Disney movies today on our color TVs.
As Christians we can find comfort knowing that somehow God weaves all of our successes and failures together. When we give the pain and frustration of our losses to God, He will somehow work them all together for good, according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28).
In God’s eyes, what we may call failure may just be a turn to another direction.
“Failure is delay,” says writer Denis Waitley, “not defeat.”
Copyright © 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.