There’s an old saying, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” But, let me state here that there’s a massive difference between failing to attain your goal and quitting. A person can fail 10,000 times but they aren’t “a failure” until they give up and quit. As long as you’re still trying, you’re not a failure — there’s hope. Say this out loud, now: “As long as I’m still trying, I’m not a failure.”

Here’s an amazing quote from Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael succeeds because he doesn’t let his failures cause him to quit. You can do the same thing.

Proverbs 24:16 tells us “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked” (NLT). I find it amazing that God refers to a person who fails 7 times as “godly.” Think about that this week. The next time you stumble, don’t waste time beating yourself up. Repent and re-affirm your commitment to stand up and try again. Remember, the greatest basketball player of all time has missed over 9,000 shots!