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How Do You Manage Failure? Part II

Failure as everyone knows is an unlooked for and unwelcome commodity in life. It disrupts our plans, impedes our progress, upsets our feelings and is generally intrusive to our lives. As a result of failure’s glowing resume, we often do whatever we can to avoid it, and when we experience it we often try to soft-pedal its impact or even hide its presence. All in all, these descriptions of and reactions to failure are really quite unfortunate. Failure gets too bad a rap. It is judged too harshly. A few weeks ago we began a journey towards a better understanding of failure. In that journey we began to see the place that failure holds in our lives and the value that it can bring us. Let’s get back to it, for success begins when we understand our failures!

So, What Are My Choices?

We make choices every day. Some are easy choices that we don’t even need to think much about and there are others that require some on-the-fly time and attention. Then there are the choices that can be difficult and even agonizing. These are the choices that can make or break a life or shape a destiny, or at the very least, alter the near future. These are the biggest choices we face, but they may not necessarily be the most important ones. We probably don’t think about how often our really big decisions end up being a sum total of many small and seemingly irrelevant choices we have made without much thought. The point is that all of our choices carry a measure of importance! So, what guides us in the choices we make? Are we most often influenced by how we feel about things or by what our friends or family will think? What are the most important factors in successful Christian decision making?

How Much Should Christians Compromise?

The ability to compromise is a lost art. We have become so diverse in our thinking, so polarized in our viewpoints and so set in our conclusions as unequivocally right, that the mere idea of compromise is in some cases viewed as a repulsive evil. Now look – there are times when compromise should be off the table. There are times when that which is right and sound should not be approached with the idea of watering it down for the sake of making someone or some group or some sect happy. But when? When do we stand as an immovable force and when do we bend and acquiesce to include the preferences of others? Fortunately for us, these very issues existed in biblical times so we actually do have a pretty clear set of guidelines to follow. Is compromise good? Yes! Is compromise bad? Yes! Let’s figure this out!

How Do You Decide?

Decisions, decisions! So much of life revolves around not only having to make decisions, but having to live with them once they are made. Our life decisions cover lots of small things, like which tie to wear with which shirt, or which route should I take when I drive home, or what do I want for dinner. Then there are the bigger things – do I look for another job, or should I get married or how do I care for aging parents. With any decision, there is a process. Well, what is that process? How does it work and how can we apply it to our lives? Fortunately, the Bible has a lot to say about this whole topic, so, stay with us as we look into the Bible, decisions and our lives. How do you decide?Decisions, decisions! So much of life revolves around not only having to make decisions, but having to live with them once they are made. Our life decisions cover lots of small things, like which tie to wear with which shirt, or which route should I take when I drive home, or what do I want for dinner. Then there are the bigger things – do I look for another job, or should I get married or how do I care for aging parents. With any decision, there is a process. Well, what is that process? How does it work and how can we apply it to our lives? Fortunately, the Bible has a lot to say about this whole topic, so, stay with us as we look into the Bible, decisions and our lives. How do you decide?