I received this story in an email this week from Michael Duduit who is the Executive Editor of Preaching magazine and the Dean of Clamp Divinity School & College of Christian Studies at Anderson University. The story reads as follows:
Edward Steichen, who eventually became one of the world’s most renowned photographers, almost gave up on the day he shot his first pictures. At 16, young Steichen bought a camera and took 50 photos. Only one turned out -- a portrait of his sister at the piano. Edward’s father thought that was a poor showing. But his mother insisted that the photograph of his sister was so beautiful that it more than compensated for 49 failures. Her encouragement convinced the youngster to stick with his new hobby. He stayed with it for the rest of his life, but it had been a close call. What tipped the scales? The vision to spot excellence in the midst of a lot of failure. (Bits & Pieces, February 4, 1993)
You may have tried to share your faith and failed. You may have invited a friend to church and they said no. You may be butting your head against the same proverbial wall over and over again. Understand that your failures are only getting you closer to your successes. What you think is failure, God may see as beautiful!
Philippians 4:13 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Pastor James Strickland