Keep a Failure File

Keep a record of the times you’ve messed up.

The times you failed.

Previously I wrote THIS POST about keeping an encouragement file. You need this too.

A failure file may be equally important.

In fact, it could likely be your greatest teaching tool in the future.

I am reminded from the Bible that Rahab never lost her title. She was always known as Rahab the Harlot. Even in the faith chapter. Rahab the prostitute. Rahab went on to be a great figure in Biblical history, yet her past followed her to remind her…and us…of the grace extended to her.

Your failures will serve in the same way.

I’m not saying live in them. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t move forward from them. Actually, I’m saying the opposite. You’ll need to remember how you’ve recovered and what you learned in the process. You’ll need reminding…if failure ever finds you again…that you found your way back, that God’s grace was sufficient, and that you can recover again. The valuable lessons learned in times of failure, will be the wisdom that sustains you in the future.

Let your failures work for you.

Keep a record of them.

How has failure shaped who you are today?

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4 thoughts on “Keep a Failure File

  1. I like this idea. I already have a hard copy version of what I refer to a "Blue Monday" file. For the Failure file, what do you suggest – form of a journal entry, evernote entry or other?

  2. Ron! I can say with confidence that failure in life brings many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I have learnt some great lessons from my failures. One needs to be careful enough to ensure that the failures we encounter is not fatal.