Whether I Fail or Succeed

August 24, 2017

“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but evaluate yourself with an honest scale” (Romans 12:3, paraphrase). On the achievement curve our outcomes can lead to one of two extremes. We can suffer a broken heart when we fail; this is discouragement. Or we can develop a big head when we succeed; this is pride. Grantland Rice said, “Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.” Humility is the balanced response: see failure as an experience to learn and grow from; treat success as a blessing to be appreciative and thankful for.

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