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Facing Failure? Persevere!

school/learningMarci AnthonyComment

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 NIV

The title of Certified Public Accountant or CPA rang loudly and seductively throughout my college years. I dreamed of this title and the job opportunities it would give me, and I worked diligently to achieve it. At the end of my senior year, I sat for the CPA exam fully expecting to pass with flying colors. However, upon receiving my results, I realized I had failed miserably. I was shocked…upset…and cried buckets.  

I desired to be a CPA, but I failed.  I couldn’t believe it. What do I do now? 

As I began to deal with the failure, I found God was there helping and reviving me. He was with me. Immanuel, meaning God with us, is a name referring to Jesus. (Matthew 1:23 NIV) He was my strength, and I relied on Him during this moment of setback. 

After recovering from the heartache, I found God was telling me to persevere. I was to continue to pursue this dream and try again. 

Well, guess what? I did. 

I decided to retake the exam, and this time I studied. I placed myself on a study regimen and took a review course. I even limited my social activities. Bummer! But what helped me most was my prayers to and reliance on God. It was God who gave me strength to continue. 

Now, I’m sure you are expecting me to say I passed the second time. Well, no, I didn’t. In fact, it took me five times to fulfill that dream of being labeled a CPA. 

Yet, it’s true. God was with me every single time! 

Digging Deeper |

Hebrews 12:1; James 1:12

Action Item |

Never give up! 

Prayer |

Immanuel, You are the God who is with us and strengthens us. As I move through life and failures come my way, help me to rely on You and persevere. In Your name, Amen. 

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