Do you remember the lessons that you learned when you failed?

Do you remember the last time you failed in something? This writer does.

Do you remember the lessons that you learned when you failed?

When you fail, think on these things.

First, learn the difference between failing and being a failure. For all who have lived have failed at sometime. There is a difference, however, between failing and failure. A failure is when we refuse to get up, to overcome, to try again in life. Failure is another way of saying, “what’s the use?”

No one is a failure who keeps on trying. Only when we quit, refuse to rise above our hardships is one truly a failure. Ella Wilcox Wheeler once said, “There’s nothing I can’t live down, rise above, and overcome.”

So it is with all of us who keep trying.

Second, when we fail, as we all will, remember we will grow as a person more so in our failings than at any other time in our life. We are introduced to ourselves when we fail. It smacks us dead in our face. There is no place to hide or to run. Our forefather Adam sinned in the garden when he was told earlier not to. When he sinned the Lord came looking for him and said to Adam, “ ...Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

Adam was running from his problems, his sin problem, and there was no place to run. He is confronted by the Lord and He says, “...What is this you have done?” (Genesis 3:13).

So, it is with all of us. We learn and grow when we are faced with failure.

Finally, when we fail we should have the courage and strength to pick up the pieces and rebuild our life.

Life is such that no one ever starts over, we just gather ourselves and pick up the pieces and keep moving forward.

All wise people do.

Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ.