My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it the experience of mistakes that makes us strong? Is this the key to our success, that we are, as the Bible says, “strong and courageous” despite our shortcomings? Ultimately, is the best measure of success our will to succeed despite our failures.

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Years ago Holly and I purchased a used car. We were able to do some pretty tough negotiating in order to get the price that we wanted and the vehicle we had set out to purchase. After doing our homework first on the internet, we selected a dealership on-line and began our negotiations. In the end, after hours of tough, one-on-one, in person bargaining, we ended up with the vehicle we had preselected at the price we had predetermined we could afford. It was a good deal.

When my son-in-law saw Holly’s new vehicle he complimented us on a job well-done. He then asked somewhat seriously if I would be willing to accompany him when he next purchased a vehicle since I undoubtedly knew the art of negotiating and getting the best deal. I remarked: “Sure! If you don’t mind the fact that my tough negotiations today had been built upon some pretty weak ones in the past.

The story is told of a new bank president who met with his predecessor and said, “I would like to know what have been the keys to your success.” The older gentleman looked at him and replied, “Young man, I can sum it up in two words: Good decisions.” To that the young man responded, “I thank you immensely for that advice, sir, but how does one come to know which are the good decisions?” “One word, young man,” replied the sage. “Experience.” “That’s all well and good,” said the younger, “but how does one get experience?” “Two words,” said the elder. “Bad decisions.” (Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.23.)

Bad decisions! I have made my share over the course of five-plus decades. If Holly and I were to dwell on the bad ones, we would probably be intimidated never to purchase a car again or negotiate a loan again. Nevertheless, it is the experience of mistakes that has made us strong. This is the key to our success that we are, as the Bible says, “strong and courageous” despite our shortcomings. Ultimately, the best measure of success is our will to succeed despite our failures. And this can only be achieved when we are willing to trust that God will turn our bad decisions into blessed ones.

We pray. Heavenly Father, You made us to be competitive, willing to take risks, with the ability to learn and develop into the men and women You designed from before the beginning of time. Success is always our goal. We long to advance and become more than we are. Unfortunately Lord, along with the longing comes the impatience and the unwillingness to fail in order to succeed. Father grant us patience to deal with all the challenges that life puts in our way to succeed. Make us willing to fail in order to find the knowledge that leads to experience and the blessed success we seek. Forgive us for our impatience and bless our way despite our mistakes. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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