Winning is a good thing because it makes us happy and urges us to keep moving on. The serenity that comes with it is an awesome experience (like lullaby) that put your body, soul and spirit to sleep. I love to WIN, after all nobody starts a journey with a goal of losing.
The other side is Failure. Nobody wants to fail, not even the team at the bottom of the league table. However, our teachers spent more time teaching us how to react to success than to failure or set back. Failures were associated with shame, pains, and (in my primary school) some strokes of at the back. Parents easily shame their kids for failing. Friends laugh at colleagues, etc. Culturally, it hurts to Fail so people who fail give up easily.
The reality is that Success and Failure are part of the journey. The Bible calls certain periods “troubled times”, or “time of disaster”. It chance upon us all. Those are times we experience failures, setbacks, disappointments, rejections, not finding our foots, etc. They come not to destroy us but build our resilience for God and our trust in His word. If we were properly trained to deal with failures and disappointments at the early stages of our lives, these times would not catch us by surprise.
Maybe your orientation about dealing with Failure wasn’t the best, the scripture provides some assurance for you as a child of God. In Proverbs 24:26, the scripture says that For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of disaster and collapse. In effect, Failure doesn’t stop you. You keep pressing on till you Win the race. God has promised to be with His children through the waters and fire. In the wilderness, He has promised to lead us and provide water to quench our thirst. His word would guide us to Succeed in the end if only we don’t give up.
You are a poor specimen if you can’t stand the pressure of adversity(Proverbs 24:10, TLB)
Do not rejoice against me, O my enemy, for though I fall, I will rise again! When I sit in darkness, the Lord himself will be my Light.(Micah 7:8, TLB)
The world we live in is experiencing a time of disaster and many homes are hit. It’s possible your plans for the year are thrown into disarray. You look at the clock and start to think IT’S OVER. People you know may appear to be on track but know that this your “night period” may be their “day period” or they are resiliently optimistic and pushing through their “night period”. Be encouraged to pick yourself up and Start Again because God isn’t through with you yet.