A Failure Made Good

October 16, 2012

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him; who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 NIV

With only twelve official holidays in the USA, it requires a remarkable occasion or success to have a holiday. We have holidays to celebrate our independence, memorialize our veterans, as well as contemplate all the things we are thankful for. We also honor great people and their accomplishments. Holidays are so scarce that all 44 of our presidents have to share a single day! When you think about it, there are only two people who have achieved such distinction that they have a holiday of their own – Martin Luther King and Christopher Columbus. And you know what is strange about that? Columbus failed!

That’s right. Christopher Columbus was on a mission to find a shorter trade route to India, but he missed it by over nine thousand miles. Nine thousand miles! However, that failure put a spotlight on new lands that motivated future explorers, attracted settlers, and eventually resulted in the creation of great nations. It was one of history’s biggest blunders, yet we celebrate that failure every year with one our scarce national holidays.

So, the next time you think you’ve made a big mistake, think about the legacy of Christopher Columbus. You’ll see that God can turn your blunder into something great.