by Bailey Smith

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Nothing Succeeds Like Failure (1 of 13)
Series: Real Evangelistic Preaching
Bailey Smith

In Galatians 6:7-9 we read, "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

We have heard the following statement all of our lives. Nothing succeeds like success. Now to a certain degree, this is true. Crowds engender crowds. Enthusiasm builds enthusiasm.

The other side is that negativism breeds negativism. I mean, you can get around folks that are down in the dumps, and pretty soon you, too, are in the dumps.

Consequently, there are some folks I try to avoid. You talk about what a beautiful day it is and they say, "Yes, but I'll bet there's a cloud somewhere." They always have a negative attitude.

I love people that are positive. There are a few folks I love because I've never known them to be negative. They are always positive. They always see the good side of every situation. That is a wonderful and valuable character trait. N6thing succeeds like success. But, listen carefully. I want us to examine this statement: Nothing succeeds like failure. If you want to know something that will produce a harvest, year after year, it is failure. Failure is like throwing a rock into the ocean or into a pond. It will gather ever-broadening circles of influence. Like a pebble in a pool, the ripples grow. And a man who fails has an influence upon life and will touch harvest after harvest. Nothing succeeds like failure. Failure is extremely fruitful.

I remember a young friend of mine. When we were in school, we used to go across the campus at lunch to eat. We would go in a store and I'd get a big sour pickle and a pineapple fried pie and an RC Cola. (That explains my disposition, doesn't it?) Well, my friend, Bill, had a problem with ...

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