Failure is Not a Four-letter Word

Defeated! Dejected! Those words seemed to sum up my life. I started out strong in my late teens by committing my life to Jesus. Oh, but then how my life became marked by failure. I felt so much older than my numerical age.

It all started when I fell in love with a man and subsequently fell out of love with the One whom my soul had adored—Jesus. My life then spiraled out of control for many years thereafter. Each year closed with an attempt to return to the true Love of my life, but every time I tried it ended in failure. I pictured the rest of my life spent in failure, never coming close to resurrecting the relationship I previously enjoyed with my Lord. Fear immobilized me. Why even try again with a cloud of failure suspended over the horizon of my life?

Bent! Broken! This was my state the first time I read this scripture:

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:
but the wicked shall fall into mischief. (Proverbs 24:16 KJV)

I read the scripture over, and over, letting the words glide off my tongue. “A just man falls seven times,” (Lord knows I was at seven or more) “and rises again, but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” (Proverbs 24:16) My eyes narrowed as I fully digested these words. It was an epiphany! This scripture says nothing about the unrepentant wicked rebounding. The ability to rise again after #failure is the vast difference that separates the just from the wicked.

I drew the proverbial line in the sand. Fear of failure would no longer rule my life. I determined I might indeed fall again, maybe even seven times, but I will always choose to get back up. In Jesus there is recovery. Healed! Restored! This is the miracle God wrought in my life.

What joy to introduce you to my beautiful friend Reva Flores at the onset of her writing journey.

Reva was born number three out of eleven children in Lorain, Ohio. During a turbulent upbringing, she learned to cope with difficult situations with the love of her family and the enjoyment of reading. At nineteen she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, so she accepted a job in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Reva says God set her up—brought her into a land that she knew not to reveal Himself to her where she gave her life to Jesus and became born again.

Reva is a recent nursing school graduate of the University of Massachusetts. She currently resides in Rhode Island with her husband of 19 years, her mother, and teenage son. Her desire is to encourage and inspire others. She believes her latter years will be greater than her former ones.

Oh, August!  My young friend Isaac returns to share his #poetry.
Oh, August!
by Isaac Barros

Oh, August without a holiday,
The month without shopping mayday.

Quite a boring time,
But I must mention the heat and grime.

The sun makes the atmosphere want to cry,
The sidewalk’s so hot an egg could fry

The grass begs for rain,
Heat raging, it’s insane.

So there is some action
Sun and earth having a heated interaction.

Stay in the shade, out of the crossfire,
Cause August has gone haywire!

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Author: Rachael M. Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaithChat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog, in the compilation books Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry, The Courage to Write: 62 devotions to Encourage your Writing Journey, and Defining Moments: Memorable and Inspiring Stories from Outstanding Leaders, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Well That Was Funny, and in the Oak Ridger newspaper. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate and a whole lot of "Help me, Jesus." Her WIPS include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website,—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

8 thoughts on “Failure is Not a Four-letter Word”

  1. As someone who has done a lot of “falling” in my life, I appreciated your message, Reva, and the courage it took to write it for others to read. Wishing you blessings on your journey. Like you, I continue to hope that God guides me in my ongoing years to be better, that I might serve Him and bring Him glory.


  2. Failure can be a great teacher and motivator unless fear steps in to ruin and control the outcome. Thanks for letting Reva share her story and encourage those who have been consumed by fear.


  3. Helpful thoughts on why we are not doomed to be failures when we’re in Christ. I appreciate this timely encouragement, Reva. And goodness, such a young poet! Keep up the good work!


    1. Amen, Pearl. Reva is a jewel with much to share. looking forward to see her writing journey and how God uses her.

      Thank you for encouraging these two young writers, Pearl. God bless you and your writing also.


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