You’re Not a Failure

Do you ever feel like you’re failing? I do. I am constantly trying new things to find a challenge that is going to be an adventures worth of effort to overcome. With this way of life comes the temptation to consistently feel like a failure.

What I want to engage your heart with today is the enlightening understanding that we have the wrong definition of failure and what it is really going on when we feel like we’re failing.

There once was a great explorer named Shackleton. He led a team of 22 men deep into the Arctic to be the first group to reach the South Pole. In 1914, the feet had never been accomplished before.

The majority of people who knew Shackleton considered him a failure.  He had started several businesses, worked countless jobs, and got into several schemes to try to reach pinnacle success. But in at the end of each venture was nothing but defeat. By the time he reached 40, he had accomplished virtually nothing with his life. Until, the opportunity of exploring the antarctic became the latest craze.

Shackleton ran all over raising support to lead a team to reach the South Pole. He set off with all the optimism imaginable but his quest ended in utter failure, if that’s how you choose to look at it. Their boats became frozen solid deep in the Arctic Seas and for the next 2 years Shackleton had one mission and would stop at nothing to achieve it: getting every crew member home, alive. Shackleton led his 22 man crew through the most perilous and difficult situation anyone could possibly comprehend enduring average temperatures reaching -80 below zero.

In the end of the conquest, Shackleton brought every one of his men home. He vowed once the odds of reaching civilization were dire at best, that he would rather die before giving up on his team. Well, he didn’t die and every single man came home. People have said, if you want to start a business, Shackleton will run it into the ground. If you want to take on a new market, Shackleton will fail miserably. If you want a faithful worker who will never get distracted and stay with you for his entire career, look to anyone other than Shackleton. But, if you are in the most impossible of circumstances and survival is unfathomable, Shackleton like no one else will get you through it.

You see, this man had gone through his entire life “failing and “failing” at everything he did. But, was it because he was terrible at doing life or because he just hadn’t found his true purpose? Perhaps, he hadn’t found his ultimate destiny.

We so often forget that an ultimate destiny or purpose takes TIME. It takes a few wrong terms and some failures. That is not a bad thing!


Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest football coach of all time didn’t get a head coach job until he was 46.

Martha Stewart didn’t see any breaks in her career until she was 41.

Henry Ford was 45 when he created his first car.

Ray Croc the founder of Mcdonald’s didn’t start with the franchise until he was 52

Colonel Sanders didn’t see true success with KFC until he was 74!

It took Noah took 120 years to build the ark.

Abraham waited 25 years for a son.

Joseph spent 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

We have got to find a different outlook on God’s timing! It is so much better than ours!

Let me leave you with this, true greatness is defined by character and perseverance. If you don’t quit on what God has laid in your heart to do and you do life with in a godly manner you will fulfill your purpose. God cannot fail and neither will you. You are all He says you are.

The best is yet to come and is coming for your life,