On this holy day in our faith - Good Friday - I wish you warmest blessings.
Today I've got a devotion running on Proverbs 31 and Crosswalk. If you haven't read it, I invite you to do so.
The title is "Victory on the Other Side of Failure." I originally wrote it for a chapter on helping kids deal with failure in my book "When Your Child is Hurting." It is frustrating to me to see so many people living life far below their potential. And I realized that much of that attitude of defeat started when we were children.
Someone, somewhere, at some time, told us we couldn't do something. Or told us we would never amount to anything. Or said we were only a "C" student. Or told us to sit on the bench, keep our mouths shut, stay out of the way.
Maybe they never said anything, but we were passed over for opportunities ... repeatedly.
So we learn to accept mediocrity ... work below our potential ... never risk ... and accept "failure" as the end. As the end of a dream, the end of our hopes, the door slamming shut in our faces.
Only it isn't the end.
If nothing else in history teaches us that "failure" isn't always what it seems, the death of resurrection of Jesus Christ shouts that message loud and clear.
With God, there is always hope.
With God, there is always a new chance.
With God, you always have potential.
With God, victory is on the other side of failure!
We are never to old to learn this lesson and apply it to our lives. And the lives of our children.
Are you out of work today? Victory is on the other side.
Have you been betrayed? Victory is on the other side!
Are you sick? Victory is on the other side!
Are you lonely? Victory is on the other side!
Do you struggle with addiction? Victory is on the other side!
On that Friday, thousands of years ago, the disciples of Jesus saw defeat with their eyes. They saw their precious friend and Lord die on a cross.
It looked like failure. Only it wasn't.
Can you imagine those agonizing hours before Sunday morning? Maybe you can, because you feel like that too. You are experiencing your own loss and wondering if God can conquer your "death."
I believe with everything in me that Christ can conquer death. In whatever form it takes. We just need to look at life with new eyes. And trust God. Don't give up. Victory is coming.
"For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?'" (1 Corinthians 15:53-55, NIV)
"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." (1 John 5:4, NAS)
He is Risen!