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Breaking a Self-proclaimed Sense of Failure

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Possible Not ImpossibleHave you ever felt unsuccessful? Your dream is unfulfilled, or your present struggle is causing your faith and confidence to wane.

I recently discovered that successful women often bear a self-proclaimed sense of failure. Before I started a career in writing, I fell into this trap. When my first article submission was published by an international Christian magazine I cried. It was bittersweet—tears of joy mixed with tears of regret for wasted years believing I was a failure. Breaking my self-proclaimed sense of failure meant I had to define success.

What does success mean to you? Is it position, power, or money? These aren’t priorities for most Christian women. Although they want to succeed in tangible ways, they mostly want to succeed in spiritual matters. They want to flourish in their relationship with God, family, coworkers, and others. If we look at success as the fruit of our spiritual growth, and growth is a never-ending journey, when can we find success?

To be successful at anything whether it’s being a stay-home mom or entrepreneur, it takes perseverance. The day-to-day work isn’t easy. As women, we fill many roles that need focused energy for long periods of time. In addition, we need to be ready to handle the unexpected setbacks. Life can be daunting, and weariness can cause detours. That’s when we need to say, “Wait, I’m committed to persevere,” because we know we’re not alone.

Perseverance is not dedication to a job or task, it’s dedication to God. He’s the one that strengthens us to be faithful “or dedicated” to our calling. Perseverance is the key that develops the spiritual muscles needed for continued success. Galatians 6:9 warns us not to become weary because we’ll receive the blessings of faithful work in God’s timing if we don’t quit. Perseverance is success in and of itself. 

As Christian women, we can become the influential leaders in our homes and outside the home. God’s grace strengthens us to persevere as we wait for the material evidence of our hope, and as the sun sets, we can rest in the confidence of a successful day.

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

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