Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thought for the Day for Wednesday 10th July

As delivered at BBC Radio Bristol half an hour ago:

The man who invented post-it notes worked in a glue factory. He was trying to make super-glue but had a defective batch of gum which wasn't properly sticky. Now, of course, every office in the world has some sort of sticky-note pad. You can even get virtual ones. A great success built on the solid foundation of abject failure.

Tennis champion Ivan Lendl never won Wimbledon. He helped Andy Murray to learn from his failure and become a winner.

What have you failed at? Are you on your fourth attempt at giving up smoking? Trying to get a qualification? Hoping one day to finish a particularly difficult puzzle or crossword?

Jesus told Peter he was going to go wrong big time. When it came to the crunch, he said, he was going to tell a whopping great lie, three times, to save his own skin. He would distance himself from his great friend and teacher. Peter did just that, but it didn't stop him becoming a successful evangelist, teacher and preacher. The Bible contains two of his letters which have taught and helped many of us faltering Christian leaders down the ages.

Other biblical characters have equally disappointing CVs. Moses the murderer, David the adulterer, Jonah the runaway.

The musician Bono wrote this in an introduction to the book of Psalms, 'That the Scriptures are brim full of hustlers, murderers, cowards, adulterers and mercenaries used to shock me; now it is a source of great comfort.'

Failure. The back-door to success? What mistakes are you going to learn from today? You may not work in a glue factory, but get stuck in anyway.


1 comment:

RuthJ said...