I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Charlie Brown.  He is the ultimate failure – according to Lucy, who of course knows everything.  The reason I like Charlie so much is that he reminds me of me.  There were days in my childhood when I simply wasn’t good enough. I was always the last one to be picked for a team.  I never felt I could live up to my father’s expectations.

Actually, I had no idea what failure was until much later in my life.  My husband had worked in the advertising industry for a number of years and was creating quite a name for himself,  when he decided to branch out on his own.  The business did great for about 12 years until a recession hit and the first thing to be cut from major corporate spending was advertising.

The business he’d built included a number of talented creative people, whom he paid excellent salaries and benefits.  One by one he had the unfortunate duty of having to let them go.  Our son was amongst them.

When the bank called in the loan, we were left with nothing.  The business closed its doors.  Our home went into foreclosure and we lost our vehicles.  We also lost our pride, which most likely was a brief chapter in God’s plan for us at the time.  One thing we hung onto with all our might was our hope  We knew that God had something in store that would fill our lives with purpose once more.

As time went by, we did whatever types of jobs we could just to have food to eat.  There were times we would pass a homeless person on the street and wonder if we’d be right there next to him in a day or two.

We all are faced with difficulties in life, but that doesn’t mean we’re failures.  It means, we simply are on the road to something better.  On top of that, we have God’s promise of His faithfulness.  Maybe we wouldn’t have great wealth, or property, or status, but we had each other and God was with us.

Failure doesn’t have to mean defeat, especially for those just starting out.  You will learn over many years of ups and downs, that these hiccups in life are just temporary and something is waiting beyond the tears.  However, if you wallow in defeat and don’t use your God given talents, You’re selling yourself short and you’re not giving God enough credit.

He has washed that failure right off our faces and given us a second, third or more chances.  The point is, to depend on His plan for you and let Him do the hard stuff.




As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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5 Responses to FAILURE FACE

  1. being married to a man who has been a small town retail business owner I too have known those sleepless nights of worry laced with the constant drumbeat of prayer.
    As my husband as also commented when he has seen the homeless, wonder when and if we will be there too—small business middle America is hard at best. At almost 70 my husband is tired. With the way the buying younger public works, stores such as my husband’s days are numbered…
    so I totally understand….
    But there is something about Charlie Brown….failure perhaps…but I have always seen a face of perseverance and relentlessness…a determined spirit that was once so indicative of this country of ours—that same try, try again mentality of when at first you fall or fail…you try it again and again and again until you make it—or have died trying…
    I don’t see that mindset around much anymore…

    Thank you Kathy for this wonderful reminder!!

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