This is a Max Lucado for the day; enjoy!
God Uses Failures
"What was I thinking taking this job? I should have done better. It's all my fault. The voices---you've heard them all. When you lost your job, flunked the exam, or when your marriage went south......when you failed. The voices began to howl, laughing at you. You heard them and you joined them. You disqualified yourself and berated yourself. You sentenced yourself to hard labor in the Leavenworth of poor self-worth. Oh, the voices of failure. Failure finds us all.
"But God's Word is written for failures. It's full of folks who were foul-ups. David was a failure, yet God used him. Jonah was in the belly of a fish and God heard his prayer. Perfect people? No. Perfect messes? You bet! A surprising and welcome discovery of the Bible is this: God uses failure! Miss this truth and you miss your Glory Days. God's grace is greater than your failures."