After thirty-six years in television journalism, Ernie Bjorkman lost his $250,000 per year job as an anchorman. So he decided to do what he'd always wanted to do as a young person: work with animals. He went back to school to become a "vet-tech"--a technician working for a veterinarian at an annual salary of around $30,000.*
The title of Dr. Erwin Lutzer's book on failure--Failure: The Backdoor to Success--accurately captures what many have discovered in life: that some of life's greatest blessings and opportunities arise out of demolished hopes and dreams. Take John Mark, for example. His dream of accompanying his cousin, Barnabas, and the apostle Paul on their first missionary trip ended in failure (Acts 13:13; 15:36-41) and adamant rejection by Paul. Yet, in due time, Mark became one of Paul's most trusted young coworkers (Colossians 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 24).
If you have suffered a setback in recent days, look to the future. Ask God to use this event to accomplish His perfect will in your life, to open new doors of opportunity for your good and His glory.
The man who is elated by success and cast down by failure is still a carnal man. A. W. Tozer
Peace and Joy,