Failure is not final

A quote from Winston Churchill

A quote from Winston Churchill

In Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis talks a bit about how God uses our failures to our benefit. Very often, what God first helps us toward is not perfection, but persistence.  Lewis writes, “After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.”  However important any virtue is (honesty, abstinence, courage, work ethic, money management, etc.), the process of recovering from the failures of striving toward those goals can be more important than achieving any of them.  Through our successes and failures “We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven.”  The only fatal thing is the complacency of accepting the failures as final.

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