3 FATAL FAILURES
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
A structural engineer has the ability to check the cracks in the foundation of your house to determine the health of your foundation. Cracks will show your weaknesses, flaws, areas of stress and developing problems. It would be detrimental to the future of your home to not inspect, evaluate and then make preparations to remedy the problem. Ignoring any issue that needs attention is costly and disastrous.
The same can be said for the foundation of our own lives. Our beliefs, values, principles, relationships and spiritual life is too important to not consider the time, effort and attention that is needed to evaluate, make adjustments and preparation for the next level. These three areas can be fatal failures to our success, character and relationships.
THREE FATAL FAILURES
ONE: Fail to Evaluate
No one claims to be perfect. No one has EVER said to me, “Hey, I’m perfect. I don’t need to improve anything in my life.” Just about everyone wants to improve something in their life. We desire for some areas of our life to change. But are we willing to give an honest evaluation?
So where do you need to improve? Rate your abilities and performance. Evaluate your skill level, ability to communicate, health, spiritual life, time management, organization skills and relationships. When we fail to evaluate, we delay improvements. We cannot make improvements if we are afraid, insecure or too arrogant to evaluate where we are weak, lacking self-discipline, or need to advance our skill level.
TWO: Fail to Make Adjustments
Someone once said, “Nothing changes if nothing changes”. Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results”. Usually it’s the small behaviors or lack of discipline that can hijack our success. Small changes to our budget today can bring huge dividends tomorrow. Investing 30 minutes every morning reading a leadership book can increase our knowledge and skill level. A slight lower or raising of a pitch of a vocalist’s tone can bring perfect harmony. A 1/32 of an inch can bring perfect alignment to hanging a door. When we give an honest evaluation of where we need to grow and make small steps to adjust, a new level can be achieved. Failure to make adjustments is a commitment to staying the same.
THREE: Fail to Prepare for the Next Level
When we are too comfortable with the current level we can be blinded to the preparations that is needed for the next season. Every person in the Bible who needed a miracle or made advancements received an instruction and were responsible for following through with preparation. What if the widow woman who needed a financial miracle failed to gather the pots that she was instructed to borrow (2 Kings 4)? Naaman needed to be healed of Leprosy. What if he would have ignored the instruction of dipping himself seven times in the Jordan river (2 Kings 5:14)? What if he decided to ignore seven times and only dip himself five? What if the disciples decided to ignore Jesus’ instruction to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to fill them (Luke 24:49)? The point is there was specific instructions that were to be followed. Preparations needed to be made. Your next level, your new season will not just simply appear. It will require changes and preparations. A failure to prepare for your next level is a failure to see your next level. We cannot continue to prepare only for the level we are in. We must prepare like we are going to the next level.
These three fatal failures are highly important when it comes to our foundation. Our principles and priorities need to be evaluated and adjusted if they are not producing the right fruit in our life. If our character and integrity is failing us in our relationships, career and spiritual life, then it’s time to prepare to go to a higher level. A healthy foundation will help us stand firm through rough seasons. Putting the principles of Christ in to practice in our life will produce a stable life.
David Shannon Wooten