Fail Better

“Fail. Fail miserably. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett

Fail better. What a wealth of irony lies in these two words. Yet in order to succeed we must be willing to try. Trying opens the door to failure. Even when we give an endeavor our whole-hearted efforts we can fall flat our face.

But that’s when it is time to get up and try again.

Perhaps even fail again. But this time we will have failed better.

“It is better to try and fail, than not try at all,” wrote Donald Murray. The wicked servant in Christ’s parable was not judged because he failed, but because he failed to even try. He hid the talents so he didn’t have to use them, while the days and weeks past.

Our gifts and talents were given to us by our Master to be used. Even if we fail along the way, we must try, with His grace, to use them for His glory.

photo by David Ritter

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