If we fail at becoming successful in the things of this world, does that make us failures in the eyes of God?
The world demands a lot from us to reach success. It demands things that we sometimes do not have control over. It puts us in situations where if we don’t produce certain out comes we are looked down on in society. Even if we sacrificed all we had to achieve a specific goal or outcome, and did not attain it, we are turned away and given the title of “failure.”
But God has a different prospective that can bring us a lot of peace. From the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there was a faithful member whose name was Oliver Granger. Granger was a very successful business man, who was called to help the church.
“He was called on a mission in July 1838, soon after the Church leaders had fled Kirtland for Missouri, leaving behind unsettled debts and much property, including the temple. In section 117 the Lord called Oliver Granger to return to Kirtland as “a merchant unto my name” (verse 14) to “contend earnestly for the redemption of the First Presidency of my Church”-adding, “And when he falls he shall rise again, for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase” (verse 13; emphasis added). There is a powerful gospel lesson here about the Lord’s bottom line-for his merchant and for us all.” said John S. Tanner in a talk titled “On Sacrifice and Success.”
In this verse the phrase that is emphasized is “for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase”, what did the Lord mean by this?
Elder Holland, a Apostle of the Church, said “Every person, young and old, has had his own personal experience with falling. Falling is what we mortals do. But as long as we are willing to rise up again and continue on the path toward the spiritual goals God has given us, we can learn something from failure and become better and happier as a result. … Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward.”
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