one of the most important things you can do is help people deal with failure because we all fail. teach people how to keep on keeping on – your kids, your wife, your husband – when we fall flat on our face and feel like giving up.
one of the most important things you can do for people is teach them how to forgive themselves when they mess up, when they blow it. “that’s not like you. you’re better than that.” a failure does not make a failure.
GOD is the GOD of the second chance and the third chance and the fourth chance and the fifth chance... isn’t that good news? so how soon do you give up on people? that person in the office. they blow it and you immediately want to toss them out.
one thing about lombardi was that whenever somebody fumbled the ball, he took them out for a couple of plays just to get their equilibrium back and calm them down, but he immediately put them back in. it’s like falling off a horse. you’ve got to get back up on it again. he immediately put them back in saying, “i believe in you. so what, you fumbled the ball. they scored against us on it. let’s get back in there and do it again!” we fumble and GOD keeps us in the game.
how quickly do you give up on people?
just a thought from the front porch…