No Little Failures


One of our layman at church came by this week to drop off a fantastic devotional for me by A.W. Tozer on Christian leadership. In reading today’s thought, I was blown away and thought I’d pass it on to you. I hope it’s encouraging to you.

  Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

When Simpson succeeded it was in a big way. When he failed he made great failures. It had to be so. Men of his caliber do not make little mistakes. They fly too high and too far to steer by city maps. They ask not, “What street is that?” but “What continent?” And when they get off course for a moment they will be sure to pull up a long way from their goal. Their range and speed make this inevitable. Little men who never get outside of their own yards point to these mistakes with great satisfaction. But history  has a way of disposing these critics by filing them away in quiet anonymity. She cannot be bothered to preserve their names. She is too busy chalking up the great successes and huge failures of her favorites.

Lord, give me the boldness to attempt big things for You – so that whether I succeed or fail it will be in a big way! Amen.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

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