It’s been a long time, but the dream never left you. It didn’t work out the way you had hoped, and perhaps you even failed miserably. It happens. Maybe you were terribly embarrassed. Maybe you’ve even resolved to give it up totally, but the dream never left you. The desire, though it may be small, is still there. My friend, perhaps it’s time to try again.
I know we’ve all heard the saying from our childhood: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” It was cute when we were younger; but as we grow up, it gets more and more difficult to dust ourselves off. The older we get, the less “reckless” we become. We want things that are safe and secure. Some of us are at the point in our lives, that every decision counts, and it seems that we have no wiggle room for any more mistakes. While I understand all these factors, I still say, perhaps it’s time to try again.
Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Cowardice asks, is it safe? Expediency asks, is it politic? Vanity asks is it popular? But conciousness asks, is it right?” What he meant was, there comes a time when you just have to do what you have to do. It may not be safe, it may not be expedient, it may not be popular, but deep down you know you have to do it. Be encouraged to know that in many ways failure is part of success. Missing it before, doesn’t disqualify you now. Try again!
In Judges 16, Samson had a huge and public failure. His enemies overtook him, because he was distracted by the wrong woman in his life. He failed miserably, and was made a spectacle. His enemies gouged out his eyes and put him down, yoked with oxen. Many said that, as a champion, he was washed up and finished. There was no way he could ever come back from that. But even in his folly, there was purpose; because Samson was born with the God-given mandate to destroy the Philistines for the sake of Israel. Hear me well. Your past failure doesn’t cancel your future victory. Samson still had a promise and purpose over his life, so much so, that the day he died, he killed more Philistines than he ever had before.
Regardless of your past, and no matter how you failed, if you have a promise or purpose inside of you, it is not too late to dust yourself off and try again. Be encouraged and push forward with confidence.
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“Try Again” was written by Stephen Garrett and Timothy Mosely. Produced by Timbaland. Performed by Aaliyah featuring Timbaland. Released 2000.