“…If I made an ERROR in judgement… I have ‘no one’ but myself to BLAME… and… I’m ‘saying NO’ to myself…” 

CONFUSED?  SETBACK, REJECTION or FAILURE?  Which is the culprit?  What to do?

All three… affect our career, but have different terms of permanency.  Setbacks could be a career reversal… which may be beneficial in the long run.  Rejection is a deliberate exclusion from an event affecting our career, i.e., going against corporate, political missteps; affecting us for longer periods; but only permanently if we ALLOW it to get the best of us.  Failure is the proof-positive of one being unsuccessful…deserving or not.  This could be a blessing in disguise, as better opportunities may result.

I’m a victim of all three and still see occasional rejection and setback.  These issues can be devastating if we ALLOW it, but none can do permanent harm if we refuse to accept NO as the end result.  If we close the chapter on NO… then No is ALWAYS No!

Does it really matter which is which….setback; rejection; or failure?  Does it make a difference?  There are some who subscribe to the idea that it makes a difference.

As for me… Treat all three the same.  It makes ‘not a particle of difference.’  Particularly if we CLOSE the door on the result.  Simply start over.  I’d determine the REASON(S) for the calamity… correct the problems… and re-submit.  I NEVER accept NO as an answer.  An exception might be… if  “I made an ERROR” in judgement, and had ‘no one’ but myself to BLAME… then I’m ‘saying NO’ to myself.

An example… our ‘project’ takes one-million-dollars to get off the ground, and we barely have 100K… then, that’s our own fault.  We should NEVER go into battle unprepared.  If we don’t have our financial resources provided for… then that… or ANYTHING similar …is our OWN FAULT.  We are NOT prepared.

If we are ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED to the project; then let’s make our adjustments…and ‘move forward,’ …knocking ‘setbacks, rejections, and failure’ on their respective tails… along with all the ‘naysayers’ who expected us… to fail.

When we experience failure… our first reaction may be to give up. When it comes to sin (spiritual failure)…. all of us are quite capable of avoiding it.  This is the reason that God sent His Son to die for our sins. We can get back up, again, and start over. But know this… we cannot do it alone.  Let us keep our eyes on our Savior…obeying His Commandments… setting aside that which leads to spiritual failure, as told to us in…Hebrews 12:1, which says, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

God has marked out a course for each of us, and sometimes that course includes failure. But when we cling to the Savior, even our failures can be turned into successes by the One who controls all things and who strengthens us in our weakness (Philippians 4:11-13).

…Many blessings, as we turn setbacks, rejections, and failure… into SUCCESS…. Cjlb…10/7/2017.

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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