I think it is safe to say that every human being suffers from a sense of failure in their life, at some point.
We can say that this is real or imaginary.
Questions get ravelled-up together. Questions such as – what is the purpose of life anyway? Or what have I really done with my life? Why have I not been more successful? Why do I not get invited to the party? Why can I not pass this driving test?
And so on…
Most of these have a sense of failure pending or following.
Not wanting to be boastful/big headed – we can be the first to admit that others seem to excel where we have failed.
But if we are at all logical – then we can add to the mix – ‘well what is success anyway?’
We have raised two or three children who are all doing well, who are solid and not neurotic or dysfunctional, but who perhaps themselves, lead a good home with balanced offspring.
Whereas over here the head of a multi-million pound/dollar conglomerate – a millionaire – well, his children are rebellious and in rehab.
So who has been successful in this scenario?
We learn then that success is comparative.
Truth is, we are all failures. And can still find acceptance in Christ. Who clears the conscience, and loves the unlovely me.
But in these days what is put forward as important and representing real success, has changed. And will go on changing. Not for the better – in it’s abandonment of what is of real value.
The predominant values of the society we live in are the result of the majority-held views. Views that build up in the psyche of the citizens of the place we dwell in. Then there is the world view.
There comes a mental blindness with this. When common decency is replaced with something else, building up to confusion running rampant.
The words of the old classic hymn come to mind:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
I stand appreciating The Victor who took my place on a cross, and who offers the gift of His success and acceptance, making such as I, a king and a priest unto God.
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.