Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bringing Fruit From Failure

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23

I travel around the country speaking and teaching at writers conferences. Beyond being about to help other follow their dreams, I also get to hear about other authors’ journeys to publication. 

As we compared routes, I noticed many similarities to my own. Most are like mine—not a direct route—but a circuitous trip full of bumps and detours. Frequently a writer's path can be littered with broken dreams and shattered expectations.

In the past I would have called them failures.

As I've heard more and more stories, I've reflected on those instances in my life that I've always labeled as failures and shortcomings. Now, in the light of the successes those detours had brought, I see them more clearly. They're really been valuable 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.

1 comment:

  1. I have learned more since I started the writing journey about perseverance, goal-setting, and overcoming failure than any other activity of my life. Every blog post, article, devotion or story becomes a part of my life and I learn something from them. No matter what bumps or pinnacles lie ahead I know my life will never be the same because of the fruit of my writing journey.