EMBRACING THE CROSS IN THE MIDST OF FAILURE

May 25, 2015
11. Embracing The Cross In The Midst Of Failure

The following post in an excerpt from Bill Woolsey’s book “Seven Steps to Start”. You can also read more of Bill’s book by purchasing it here.

Most baby sacramental entrepreneurs are not only new when it comes to starting ministries, but they are new when it comes to facing failures. Many are too young to have experienced it with any gusto thus they stand with drool, unsure of how to make it through.


When a sacramental entrepreneur wades thru the pain of failure, they are led 2 the cross
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When a sacramental entrepreneur wades through the pains of failure, they are led to a deeper understanding of the cross. When everything falls apart, the sacramental entrepreneur clings to the only thing they’ve got left, the person and work of Jesus. In the moments where you are brought to your knees in the face of your own failure, the cross stops being just something you read about and becomes a part of your redemption story.


The cross stops being something you read about and becomes a part of your redemption story
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In Christian circles, we locate failure at the center of the Gospel: the message of the Gospel is one that hinges on the bloody, painful, suffering of Jesus for the sake of our failures.

One Pastor, Tullian Tchividjian spoke of suffering when he wrote:

“Theologies of glory” are approaches to Christianity (and to life) that try in various ways to minimize difficult and painful things, or to move past them rather than looking them square in the face and accepting them. Theologies of glory acknowledge the cross, but view it primarily as a means to an end-an unpleasant but necessary step on the way to personal improvement, the transformation of human potential. As Luther puts it, the theologian of glory “does not know God hidden in suffering. Therefore he prefers works to suffering, glory to the cross, strength to weakness, wisdom to folly, and, in general, good to evil.

When I know the promises of my Savior, I can face any suffering that my failures might bring. I can face the truth about my condition. I can face the pain that comes with betrayal and loss. And I can face the hell that gets thrown my way.

Not because of my own strength, however, but because the One who fights for me lives in me.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8: 31 ESV)

Life’s daily struggles are magnified in start ups. Especially when you leap into a new venture or new field, the struggles come out from hiding. When you desire a truly unheard of solution or edgy plan, a war will be waged against you.


Life’s daily struggles are magnified in start ups.
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Life consists of daily struggles. And often your drive for success shuts out the Gospel and runs away from suffering. Instead call it what it is. Lean into your suffering and lean into the cross. The pain refines the process and drives you to dependence.


Lean into your suffering and lean into the cross.
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BY BILL WOOLSEY

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