by David Cawston

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Facing Failure (1 of 7)
Series: Life's Choices
David Cawston
Philippians 3:13-14

Let's Make a Deal!
Two Envelopes
Door #1 has car keys and a remote control car
Door#2 twenty Dollars in it!

It is not hard to be encouraged when you win.
But life is not filled with winning
Life has a lot of losing to it! Failure
How do you face your failures? That's the question?
Do you let them destroy you or drive you?
It is our response to failure that holds the potential of shaping our destiny.

Phil 3:13-14
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The age of 15 is at best an awkward age -- no longer a child – not quite an adult. There was a sophomore at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina – a 15-year-old determined to try out for the varsity basketball team.
Truthfully, he literally didn't have much of a shot. Whenever he threw the ball towards the hoop, it was as if an invisible hand shoved it aside. No one was surprised when he didn't make the team.
What did surprise them was how he reacted in not making the team. Rather than walking way in defeat, he made a decision to practice. He practiced for hours – determined to make his errant shot arc straight to the basket. He spent endless hours in the gym. Few people would deny the life-changing proportions of his decision that he made. That teenager who failed to make the high school team was Michael Jordan.

You see, failure is a universal experience.
It transcends time.
It transcends culture, age, gender, geography and social position.

Most defeats in life are far more serious than failing to make the school team.
We can become devastated by:
divorce, bankruptcy, drinking, driving, being fired from a job, flunking out of s ...

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