“Not failure, but low aim, is crime.” -Lowell
Robert Wise in his book Your Churning Place, shared this wonderful story about failure.
Allow me to share it with you and encourage you to stand up in spite of many life’s blows…
Before becoming a screen star, young Burt Lancaster was a circus performer – a job he was fortunate to land, considering his less- than-flawless audition. He was asked to perform on the parallel bars, so he leaped on the bars and began his routine. Because he was nervous, his timing was off, and he spun over the bar, falling flat on his face some ten feet below. He was so humiliated that he immediately leaped backed on the bar. As he spun again at the same point, he flipped off and smashed to the ground once more.
Burt’s tights were torn, he was cut and bleeding, and he was fiercely upset . He leaped back again, but the third time was even worse, for this time he fell on his back. The agent came over, picked him up and said, “Son, if you won’t do that again, you’ve got the job.”
Let me end with Charles Swindoll’s quote, taken from his book Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life…”The person who succeeds is not the one who holds back, fearing failure, nor the one who never fails , but rather the one who moves on in spite of failure.
Don’t give up, for God has a plan for you.
God be praised.