But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23
|photo courtesy of Mary Denman|
While I was at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear about other authors’ journeys to publication.
As we compared routes, I noticed many similarities to my own. Most were like mine—not a direct route—but a circuitous trip full of bumps and detours. Frequently a writer's path is littered with broken dreams and shattered expectations.
In the past I would have called them failures.
As I listened, I reflected on those instances in my life that I'd always labeled as failures and shortcomings. Now, in the light of the successes those detours had brought, I saw them as opportunities to grow and learn.
- Those times of waiting had become patience.
- The weeks—and sometimes months of—frustration had become discipline.
- The heart-breaking rejections became joy.
All those difficult circumstances had been used by God to teach me things I lacked, as well as giving me compassion for others on similar journeys.
Somewhere along the way, God used the seeds of failure to grow fruit in my life.
Today I challenge you to look at those things you’ve labeled failure, and notice the fruit that’s now begun to grow.