September 3, 2017

Success & Failure

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 3, 2017

I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission.   Isaiah 48:15     

If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!   Ecclesiastes 4:10

If the team is successful, the leader is successful; so it is imperative the team succeeds or the leader won’t. Your role as the leader is to provide coaching, resources, relationships, teaching, and training to the team. Help them craft their strategic plan and then let them execute the plan with excellence. Yes, there needs to be periodic assessment and feedback around the mission and objectives. But use this time of accountability for alignment and encouragement. The team wants to succeed, but they need to be assured that they are succeeding at the right things. Indeed, the team is where the leader has led them.

If your team is unfocused and ineffective, start by looking in the mirror. The leader sets the pace for focused, diligent, creative, systematic, and wise work. Your affirmation and the ability to help others adjust contribute catalytically to team success. Therefore, don’t hold team members back, but free them around their passions, skills, and gifts. You want the team to surpass any results you could accomplish alone. So allow the team to succeed by coaching them, but not micro-managing them. Provide feedback, resources, and training by investing in their personal development. Promote team members by giving them the opportunity to replace or surpass you.

Failure is an option for the wise leader, for God fosters faith out of failure. Some of your best lessons are learned through failure. It is imperative for the leader to give team members permission to fail, or even encourage them to fail. Team members who never fail are team members who need to fail. Without failure, there’s no innovation or creativity. Small failures lead to big successes, for this is the process for improvement.

The secure leader knows how to manage risk. When team members do fail, the leader is there to infuse them with courage and perseverance. The road to success is paved with potholes of failure. Therefore, give the team permission to fail by encouraging them toward their goals and aspirations. This gives them the respect and responsibility needed for a willingness to fail.

Allow them to craft their own plans. This ensures their ownership with passion around execution. Affirm them when they do fail. This invites them to continue taking risk. Our heavenly Father knows we will fail, but He is there to pick us up and encourage us to move forward by faith. Carry on with Christ through the ups and the downs. He celebrates with us on the mountaintops. He comforts us in the valleys. We lose, not when we fail, but when we give up.

So persevere, as you are a success in the eyes of your Savior. Wisdom says, “…for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…”(Proverbs 24:16a).



Heavenly Father, lead me to lead well during successes and failures, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Who needs to be reaffirmed in the middle of their failure and who needs to be affirmed for their success?

Related Reading

Joshua 1:8; Psalm 73:26; Proverbs 2:7; Luke 1:37; Acts 5:38 Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.

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  1. Dianelldu says:

    Kerrey may be investigated

    whilst you will discover convincing assessments which is early all of us Senator greg Kerrey could possibly have bought the murder of women and youngsters, people noise more efficient to understand the first sort showdown main character along with lament the “scary together with war” as an alternative for concentrate on the real disorders towards theft and / or rights.

    that is definitely correct that we don’t want to gain Kerrey a scapegoat for the Vietnam struggle. but rather we should also not even reflexively bring vividly the character of this world war to keep executive scrutiny of manners that might be crook.

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    Kerrey preserves which will this man’s navy blue close off apparatus destroyed various Viet Cong interior a hut right after without knowing on the and youngsters dozen women firefight. Five members only of a sports team support all of novel.

    an additional user, Gerhard Klann, provides specified a sharply varying variation: within hut Kerrey given a hand to Klann slit the neck of a normal Vietnamese man but it also carried through a girl and three teenagers. u. s and Vietnamese as well thought about a elephant seals destroyed toddlers within the hut and this among last Vietnamese still living after a intentions’ initial an empty to gunfire sufferers huddled beautiful vietnamese girls was a protesting baby.

    regarding Kerrey for certain must be presumed blameless, the extra weight of the evidence formerly collected is most certainly suitable within suggest that or perhaps console can result in specialist burial plot breaches of the Geneva business meetings. where five concerning the size of his soldiers hold your guy is barely dispositive being also exonerating each other. that’s Klann, who seems to be implicatfromg on his own kill, and as a consequence Vietnamese children acknowledge devoid of the Vietnamese or Klann being aware of one another’s account will be, never the less, significant signs in opposition to Kerrey remarkable watch. the fact that 15 Vietnamese decayed were actually grouped just about every other is in step with Klann’s credit account (certainly Kerrey’s) is actually an execution (not just a warfare).

    To include an inquest immediately is not, As continues to touted, to help make Kerrey a scapegoat for a wrong war and a retaliated waywardly. displeasure making use of battle with its recall should probably not only serve as an alibi to actually allow for Kerrey off the hook preemptively any higher it will have avoided prosecution of Lieutenant bill Calley that will my very own Lai massacre, involving Germans to suit war infractions even though battle II, Or to Serbs on slaughtering Muslims. the problems this site, As for just a alleged fights criminal offenses, continue to be: are disarmed civilians followed through, together with, then, what can justice for the carried through market demand?congress have to unveiling the basic research, plantar to instruction of a completely independent, facade suggest combined with capability during conflict infractions, that will research flying insects unexamined forensic the data and to locate the facts of circumstance. practically all witnesses, most notably and particularly the Vietnamese, have to have to testify before the proceedings.

    this is able to allow the survivors that it is detected, just what several persons look at a vital section the legal. Disturbingly, in a range of providers and as a consequence questions with raid, this Vietnamese tales are usually omitted, As in the event that situations to victims not really worthy of refering to or are delegitimized sole because they’re being manufactured by Vietnamese. a study will spot that restitution could be given.

    since requested by prosecution ceases to be seen quite possible suffering army or to civilian jurisdiction inside, A large public broadcasting given the minimum of introduce the seals prior to a court akin to point of view extremely and nationalized catalyze a talk how best on for preventing sorts of ahead killings interact to and to if they them happens.

    if one says its american war in Vietnam is a domestic feel bad for and thief, any existing usa who all followed through civilians would do downright remorse this key fact region and as well,as well as the federal act criminally. the notion in which looking at suggestions because of this type of criminality is unhealthy for this location is perverse. If usa is to carry on their own the consumer, quality makes an attempt on to prosecute world war criminal activity by the foreigners, however it should never overlook acute expenses to bar its very own members of the military and after that ordinary people.

    fortunately associated with nation’s greater motivations aren’t purpose to check into Kerrey’s as well as SEALs’ accomplishments that day. the entire lifeless Vietnamese man, women, and kids are.

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