“…I’ve run for public office on four different occasions, going from “almost winning,” to what was I thinking…”

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Rejection vs. Failure: Is there really a difference?  I’ve had both, and they smell pretty much the same.  The feeling of each is, basically, the same.  I don’t like either.  Frankly, I would rather experience REJECTION, over FAILURE.  I think one can recover easier from REJECTION than FAILURE.

Another important consideration about the difference between the two is: in rejection; it is often because someone “just doesn’t like you.”  It has to do with personality, vengeance, jealousy, or some character flaw.  Or, as in politics… the electorate just favored someone else, over you. REJECTION happens, but they’re much easier to overcome.

Failure on the other hand, can involve those characteristics, but less likely.  Failure has to do with career, projects, structural, or even family/marriage.  Marriage can, and usually is: a combination of both…REJECTION and FAILURE.  One can overcome, romantic rejection; and move on, in time, to another relationship…likely much better.  If you find constant romantic rejection, than likely, something is seriously WRONG with you…so, check that out.

I’ve run for public office on four different occasions, going from “almost winning,” to what was I thinking.  Rejection, in this case, was a blessings, I believe, because God likely kept me out of a lot of trouble down the line.  Thank you Dear Lord.  I’ve experienced REJECTION by many Governing Boards for “political positions” that I took, favored, or supported.  I could write a book on being “black-balled,” for my political, community, and religious views.  It just comes with the turf.  These type of things are part of “life,” and while I don’t like them, I accept my status.  “ALL,” of my positions, I believe to be “GOD-BASED.”

Let me be clear about this: God gives us certain skills, talents, and abilities.  He expects us to do the best we can with what our Gifts consist. Even in REJECTION, I have nothing to be ashamed of, or apologies for.  I do my absolute BEST in everything I encounter.  And, in that respect…. I am always a WINNER.

While FAILING can strengthen us, I realize; still, I don’t like learning the hard way.  I don’t like failure, and avoid it at all costs.  Frankly, if I don’t think that I have very good chances of succeeding…I don’t bother.  I like “very good” odds.  They’re too many opportunities in life to succeed in our endeavors, without having to “risk all,” only to FAIL.  On the other hand, SEEKING GOD, is always a “win-win.”

I am reminded of: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Then, Proverbs 28:13 tells us… He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.

When all else fails, then….PRAY.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

…Blessings…cjlb…2/23/15.

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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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