How do you respond to failure? If you’re like Abraham Lincoln, then your response is atypical. Throughout his early years, his first business venture failed, he lost a campaign for legislature, his second business failed, and he suffered a nervous breakdown. In a span of 20 years, he lost campaigns for Speaker of the House, Elector, Congress, Senate, and Vice President. Despite all of these failures, Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States.
Abraham Lincoln was resilient; he knew how to bounce back after failing. Likewise, the woman with the issue of blood was resilient. Although she failed for twelve years, she refused to accept defeat. Instead, she kept bouncing back, resuming her search for healing. And, like Abraham Lincoln, her resiliency was not futile. She found what she needed in Jesus!
Failure is not the end of the world; it’s often the launching pad for greatness. Don’t let failure discourage your pursuit of greatness. Instead, be resilient. One of my favorite Bible verses says, “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again” (Proverbs 24:16, NLT). Let the same thing be said about you … BOUNCE BACK!