“He walked on the water…to Jesus.” Mt 14:29 NKJV
Peter discovered what we all discover in our walk with God: just because you sink doesn’t mean you’re sunk. Here are two reasons why:
(1) Failing doesn’t make you a failure, quitting does. Failure is just a part of learning. Sir Edmund Hilary made several attempts to scale Mount Everest before succeeding. After one such attempt he supposedly stood at the base of the mountain, shook his fist in defiance and shouted, “I’ll defeat you yet. You’re as big as you’re going to get, but I’m still growing!” He learned something from every unsuccessful attempt until one day he succeeded. Winston Churchill said, “I’ve never failed at anything in my life. I was simply given another opportunity to get it right.” That’s the winning spirit!
(2) The real failures were the ones who stayed in the boat. They failed quietly and privately; their failure went unnoticed and uncriticized. Although Peter crashed and burned publicly, he experienced the euphoria of walking on the water. He alone knew how it felt to be empowered by God to do what he could never have done by himself. Once you’ve walked on water you are never the same. Peter would take this moment to his grave! He also experienced the joy of being lifted by Jesus in a moment of despair. Peter knew, in a way the others couldn’t, that if he sank Jesus would be there to save him. He shared a moment, a connection, a trust the others didn’t. How could they, when they never left the boat! Failure doesn’t come from sinking—it comes from letting your fears stop you.
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