Suppose Thomas Edison quit after Failure Number 10. Or 30, 50, or 90? We wouldn’t have the light bulb and many other conveniences we enjoy today. This inventor learned to grow from his failures. He said, “There’s only one good idea in 100, so I want to discover 99 failures as quick as possible.”

As a senior pastor for almost 40 years, I’ve had thousands of failures. Each of those times, I could have packed my bags and said, “I quit.” But I’ve learned to view failure as something that will make me better, and it’s done just that. When I make mistakes, I try to shake the dust off my feet and keep going.

The way we view failure will determine whether or not we succeed. We can look at it two different ways. Either we will admit our failure and use it to improve, or we will quit. Quitters never win, and winners never quit. Which one are you?

Has a recent failure tempted you to quit? Maybe you spoiled an opportunity to teach a Sunday school class by delivering a poor lesson. After stumbling through the material, you determined to never speak publicly again. Remember God’s love for you, and keep going. You’re more than a conqueror through Christ, and He’s no quitter. Get up and claim your victory today.

Trying times are no time to quit trying. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder