The People You Admire Most Were Failures


Fear-of-failureThere are some heroic characters in the Bible.

  • Moses, the guy who parted the Red Sea and got Charlton Heston to play him in a movie.
  • Peter, the man who has the most famous church in the world named after him
  • David, the man after God’s own heart.

But most of the people you admire in the Bible were miserable failures.

  • Moses, the guy who murdered an Egyptian and tried to cover it up.
  • Peter, the guy who cussed out a teenage girl in order to forcefully deny he knew Jesus.
  • David, the adulterer and murderer.

The same people were both failures and heroes. And they didn’t become heroes until they were first failures.

It is an act-one story of misery followed by an act-two story of redemption.

Woven throughout the pages of Scripture is this story of grace.  A God who doest just forgive, but forgives and restores.  He isn’t just a God of second chances, but third, fourth and fifth chances.

This is part of the reason you admire these people so much. You know they did great things, but what’s inspiring is they did great things after doing awful things.  The riches are more impressive when you consider the rags.

Why do we love these comeback stories so much?

Because deep down, we want to hope.

We love the redemption stories, because there’s a good chance we’ll be in one.  Maybe we’ve already been featured in one.

By all means, admire and emulate the heroes in the Bible.  But never forget that most of them were sinners before they were saints – murderers before they were missionaries, and miserable failures before they got chapters in the Bible.

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Ten Things Pastors and Preachers Can Do During the Summer

Pastors, what are your summer plans?  Here are ten suggestions for how you can maximize those summer months.
  1. Take some time off.  Summer is a great time for a family trip or a vacation (yes, those are different).
  2.  Invite some people over to your home.  Maybe some volunteers, or key leaders or a group of donors.  A summer cookout or a little low country boil is fun.
  3. Let other people preach.  You don’t have to give the youth pastor the Sunday after Thanksgiving – be an overachiever and give him two weeks in a row.  Bring in a guest speaker while you’re at it.
  4. Plan for the fall.  With the free time you’ll have from not preaching every week, look ahead to the fall.
  5. Have fun with your family.  You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to have a fun day in your town.
  6. Talk about automated, recurring giving.  Even though people might be out of town, they can still give.  You just have to show them how and ask them to do it.  This will help.
  7. Go visit another church.  Sneak out for a Sunday and go visit another church in town.  Or go hear your favorite preacher in person.
  8. Read something you wouldn’t normally read.  Maybe something from history or the latest non-history history from Dan Brown.
  9. Do something fun with your staff.  Your staff needs some relaxation, too.  How about a staff and spouse trip to the baseball park.  Or a corn hole tournament in your front yard.
  10. Have some intentional conversations.  Go meet another pastor for coffee.  Hire a leadership coach.  Meet up with some key leaders in the church just to talk about life.

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