My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometimes our faith striving may not work out exactly as we had planned. Is the fact that we exercise our faith to begin with really what matters. Perhaps failure is a blemish that blends in pretty well good effort?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Recently my wife made applesauce. She pulled together the usual ingredients: flour, sugar, spices and, of course, apples. She asked me to go down into the basement and heft the bushel of apples up from the cool cellar. I brought it up and she went to work. One of the things that I noticed as she sorted through the pile was that she seldom, if ever, sorted out the poorer apples–the ones with a few bruised spots or even a rotten bit here or there. I asked her about that and she told me that it really didn’t matter. In the course of cooking down the pulp for sauce, those few blemishes will boil down and not really affect the taste of the sauce. She looked at me and smiled. “One rotten apple might spoil the barrel; but it won’t spoil the sauce.”
It struck me how true that was, not only about applesauce, but also about our faith lives. Sometimes our faith striving may not work out exactly as we had planned. The fact that we exercise our faith to begin with is really what matters. Failure is a blemish that blends in pretty well with all the striving we put into our Christian lives.
Here’s a thought from Bob Perkins: “People are like fruit trees. From seed created by love, nourished through hope and strengthened by faith we are all destined to produce the unique fruit, (gifts) which only we can bring to the world. We were planted here in life to fulfill a greater need. As we grow, we branch out in different directions. Not all branches will produce the same amount of fruit. Some, in fact, may never. But it’s in that desire to grow, to become all we were meant to be, that we sometimes fall short. Branching out is a part of growing. Heading in the right direction is not always the result. We can’t cut down an entire tree because a few apples are rotten. Those times in our lives which we may not be proud of, should not destroy an entire life. I pray that end of my lifetime, I can stand before Him and say, ‘Although there were moments I regret, I am pleased with what I did with the time you had given me.’” (Bob Perkins)
Tomorrow, should you fall short of your true abilities, don’t stop trying, reaching, growing. It’s not what moments you regret that day that will determine your success in life, but what good fruit you can harvest from it. There will be “bad apple” days along with the good ones. But, in a very real way, our lives are like my wife’s applesauce. Those few “bad apples” will boil down and not significantly affect the flavor of our lives. Even a bitter apple produces a tasty sauce when mixed with other successes.
We pray. Heavenly Father, help me let go of my fear of failure. I know Satan wants to use my fears to hold me back from living boldly for you. Forgive me for not living in faith, and help me from this moment on to live with bold confidence in you. Lord, help me not compare myself to others around me. I pray instead that I can keep my eye on you and live a life that proclaims your excellence. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-to-defeat-your-fear-of-failure-your-daily-prayer-august-26-2016.html–adapted)
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