Our society is success oriented. Christian's are not immune to the idea of success, however one might define it in terms of one's own goals. Sometimes we develop unrealistic expectations of the Christian life and of ourselves; and then when our wings get broken, we think our downfall ends our usefulness.
For those who know what it feels like to have your wings broken and fall flat, it helps to remember that even the great ones of faith failed, yet God still found a way to use them:
— Abraham lied, perhaps to save his skin, yet he is the towering example of faith and is called "God's friend" (James 2:23).
— Moses stuttered and questioned God's judgment in picking him.
— Isaac, who was nearly killed by his father, talked his wife into concealing their marriage. (Genesis 26)
— Rebekah, the first “mail order bride,” turned out to be a rather manipulative wife. (Genesis 27)
— Jacob, who out-wrestled God, was pretty much a pathological deceiver. (Genesis 25, 27, 30)
— Noah, the last righteous man on earth at the time, was a drunk who slept in the nude. (Genesis 9:20-21)
— David, the friend of God, concealed his adultery with a murder. (2 Samuel 11)
Too often we live in a quid-pro-quo relationship with God: "I've been faithful to you, I've worked hard, so please give me this or that." Or, "I've fallen again; I can't expect anything good from God." We forget that the whole of our life is grace!
Too many sincere Christians, facing their failures, scold themselves unmercifully and keep asking God for forgiveness. Each follower of Christ should memorize, hang on their review mirror, and make forever the Apostle Paul's success story their own Christian story:
"There is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Cissy & The Man photo by J. Royle