Failure is not the unpardonable sin

June 15, 2009 — 1 Comment

In our new members’ class yesterday, I shared our (Journey Christian Church) guiding principles.  One of those is that failure is not the unpardonable sin at Journey.  We’re going to make mistakes, but we’re not going to allow our mistakes to stop us or define us.

Mistakes are just steps in any healthy growth process.

This morning I found this interesting information on Abraham Lincoln.

  • He ran for the Illinois state legislature in 1832 and lost–he also lost his job.
  • In 1833, his grocery business failed.  It took him 15 years to pay off the debt.
  • He was elected to the state legislature in 1834, but he lost races for Illinois house speaker in 1836 and 1838.
  • In 1843, he ran for Congress and lost.
  • He was elected to Congress in 1846 but lost his renomination bid in 1848.
  • In 1849, he lost the race for land officer.
  • He lost the U.S. Senate race in 1854 and, in 1856, was defeated for the nomination for vice president.
  • In 1858, he again lost his bid for U.S. Senate.
  • In 1860, he was elected president and then reelected in 1864 (and we all know how well that worked out for him).

One response to Failure is not the unpardonable sin


    … and how poorly it worked out for the rest of us!

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