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Failure: Not Just Another Opportunity*
A Ministry Health "Snippet" Collection
Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A.
To be unsuccessful is not the same as failing.
We gain more wisdom from our failures than from our successes
The way to insight and growth is through failure.
Failure is final only when you stop trying.
Since ignorance produces knowledge, we should be challenged by what we don't know and don't understand and by our new experiences.
Giving in does not necessarily mean giving up, nor does flexibility necessarily a sign of lacking conviction.
Sometimes its better to make allowances rather than make more points.
Don't wait for your boat to come in unless you've sent one out.
To experience the ultimate joys of ministry one must nurture intimacy, sharing and vulnerability.
If you are willing to face failure, you can work at something for twenty years and come away with twenty years of valuable experience. If you are not willing, you can come away with one's years experience twenty times.
I am more important than my problems.
The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. Failure brings us the personal experience to give us the opportunity of bringing the meaning home.
Things do not change. We do. And it is God who changes us through the things we cannot change.
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
It's even more fun to do the impossible with God.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up again.
Everything worthwhile is risking and fighting for. No one ever succeeded who played it safe. God didn't. Neither shall we.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can something. Therefore I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
The only justification we have for looking down on someone is because we're going to pick him up.
Each of us will be judged by our standard of life not by our standard of living; ....By our measure of giving not our measure of wealth;... By our wisdom gained not by our failures;... By our simple goodness not our measure of greatness;...By our faithfulness, not our failures.
Failure brings disappointments and devastation, but the wise, having learned from them, will experience sweeter successes.
What generally saps and poisons our happiness is that we feel that we shall soon exhaust and reach the end of whatever attracts us.
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
The road less traveled is the most hazardous, the most daring, the most painful...and the most rewarding. Failure is just another small, but important, step along that road.
There are none so blind as those who will not see how blind they really are, even though their eyes are wide open..
Thomas F. Fischer
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