Failure and Losing




Romans 3:23-24; James 3:2; Psalm 145:14; Philippians 3:13

 Reflection Questions

1.    What do you think of when you hear the world “failure”? What initial thoughts and words come to your mind? Does it give you anxiety?

2.    How much more does it hurt when the word failure (or loser) is used to describe a person and not just an event? Why is the concept of personifying the word failure so contrary to the Christian faith?

3.    Read Romans 3:23-24: Do these words from Paul bring you comfort when you think about your failures? How does the concept of grace give us confidence for the future despite our failures (and even the potential to fail again)?

4.    Read Psalm 145:14: How has the Lord been with you when you failed? What role does dependency on God play in learning and growing from our failures?

Going Further

Think about the moments in your life when you failed (work, sports, school, relationships, decisions, parenting, etc.). How did those moments of failure help you mature in your life and faith? How have they helped you become the person you are today and/or the person you hope to be? What lessons did you learn?