Exploring life in Christ — the-OneThing

I hope the-OneThing — Jesus, the Good Shepherd — is filling your failures with grace today.

Here are 3 thoughts from me, 3 thoughts from others, and 1 question for you.

3 thoughts from me…


“Failure is an opportunity for internal and external change.”


“Failing is inevitable. Your viewpoint about failure is a choice.”


* Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade.

* Publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book 27 times.

* Basketball legend Michael Jordan addressed his failures in a Nike commercial saying: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

* Publishers rejected JK Rowling’s first Potter manuscript 12 times.

“Failure doesn’t predict success, but your response to failure will.”

3 thoughts from others…


“In basketball, you are allowed to take only two steps after you stop dribbling the ball. When you take that last step, the foot you land on becomes a “pivot foot.” That foot must remain fixed, but the other can freely move about, allowing you to spin around and find a teammate to whom you can pass the ball.

Although you are confined to where you are and how many steps you can take, at no point are you locked into any direction. That’s the beauty of the move. Even when all other opportunities are exhausted, you can always pivot.

A pivot is powerful not just in sports but also in life, because it takes away your excuses. It puts you back in control of the game you’re playing. Pivoting isn’t Plan B; it’s the only plan that works.

Because here’s the truth:

• Unexpected things will happen.

• Setbacks do occur.

• You will fail.

Whether or not you’re prepared to pivot will affect how well you weather those storms. Success, then, isn’t the byproduct of failing. It’s the direct result of failing well.

, article excerpt by Jeff Goins, a contributor at MichaelHyatt.com


“It’s harder to bounce back when you take failure to heart too much and make it about your value as a person. Failure doesn’t change who you are as a person or your overall worth to your community — it is simply a tool for showing you what does and doesn’t work.”


“A thought on failing gracefully — use it as an opportunity to say thank you. Practicing gratitude helps us adjust our attitudes and focus on the things that are going right in our world.” — Saudia Davis, Founder and CEO, Greenhouse Eco Cleaning

1 question for you…

What does failing gracefully look like in your life?



Until next time,



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