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Failure is a Gift

by Donna Mumma

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy”

(Jude 1:24, NIV).

Failure comes easy for writers. We spend years writing a book, only to be rejected by agents and editors. When we finally publish, we get lukewarm responses from critics or audiences. Our books don’t sell well, our platforms are too small, and no one seems to care about the message we want to share. With all these ways to fail, it’s a wonder any of us stick with this business.

But God doesn’t see these disappointing results as failures. His perfect plan works them into gifts that teach us how to succeed in the call he’s given us. A rejected manuscript offers us the chance to ask experts what we need to improve. It can lead us to attend conferences or workshops to sharpen our craft, or seek out a critique group or mentors to help us improve. Poor sales spur us on to network with other writers, support each other on launch teams, and share each other’s work across our platforms.

At this time of year, we’re surrounded by the shiny, the beautiful, and the festive. This upbeat season makes it difficult to consider discouraging, and sometimes gut-wrenching failures as gifts. How can we stand joyously before God when we’ve done so poorly in answering his call?

We forget that the greatest gift we ever received came to us in a lowly stable. As the verse reminds us, Jesus loves us in spite of failures and shortcomings. Through him, all our faults are erased. Sharing this message is our goal. If we embrace our writing failures as gifts to help us learn to write better, then we achieve the success we seek.

Dear Jesus, help us not to be discouraged when those inevitable failures come. Lead us to seek the lessons they may teach us as we strive to tell the world your message. Amen.


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Donna Mumma writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction seasoned with a sense of adventure and suspense. An avid believer in education, she holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She serves as a chapter mentor for Word Weavers International. A native Floridian, Donna lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband,  son, and an energetic collie named Duke. Connect with her at www.donnamumma.me, Instagram @mumma704, Twitter@DonnaMumma1 and Facebook.

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