A Confident Woman Recovers From Setbacks
by Joyce Meyer
In this life you and I are inevitably going to experience setbacks. The important thing is that we not see them as failures. We are not a failure just because we try something that doesn’t work. It’s only when we stop trying that we fail. The truth is, many people get confused when they’re trying to figure out what they’re supposed to do with their lives. This was definitely true in my life. I discovered my destiny by trial and error.
I tried working in the nursery and quickly discovered I was not called to work with children. I also tried being my pastor’s secretary, and after one day I was fired. The only reason I was given was, “This just isn’t right.” I was devastated at first, but then I was asked to start a weekly meeting on Thursday mornings at church and teach God’s Word. I quickly found where I fit.
Again, everybody experiences setbacks and makes mistakes. But a confident woman is not afraid to make them. Instead of allowing your mistakes to stop you, let them train you. Proverbs 24:16 says, For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…(NIV). When you make a mistake, give the pain and disappointment to God and go on. As Philippians 3:13 says, let go of what lies behind and press toward the things ahead. Your past has no power over you if you don’t give it power.
If you aren’t doing anything with your life because you’re not sure what to do, then I recommend that you pray and begin trying some things. Think of it this way: When you go shopping for a new outfit, you probably try on many different things until you find what is comfortable, looks good on you and fits you best. Why not do the same thing with discovering your calling in life? As you take steps of faith, your destiny will unfold.