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Learning From Failure at Work

by | Aug 22, 2018

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
– James 1:2-4

We all want to succeed in our work. However, the most significant growth is only possible when we push ourselves beyond what we know we can do, and the most powerful lessons come through failure. This passage in James clearly connects trials to maturity. When we let go and turn to God in our times of failure and difficulties, God will give us strength and direction. He can turn all circumstances around for good (Romans 8:28-30).

This week, challenge yourself to pause and reflect on what you have learned from past failures.

  • Consider how the lessons you have learned through failure and trials at work have served you.
  • Identify a failure or trial you are facing in your work now and reframe it through the lens of your faith.
  • What does God want you to learn so He can achieve His purposes through you?
  • Be open to letting God show you someone who is going through a difficult time right now to whom you can minister. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and encourage them.

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Catherine Gates

Catherine Gates is Executive Director of Women in the Marketplace, a nonprofit marketplace ministry that equips working women to confidently pursue their faith and career for the glory of God. She is also the author of The Confidence Cornerstone: A Woman’s Guide to Fearless Leadership. Learn more at womeninmarketplace.net.