Life is a combination of success and failure, both are necessary. The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are also to be admired because that's how we learn and become stronger, wiser, humbler and a better person. Here are some thoughts inspired by the writings of an unknown author.

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.-Elbert Hubbard

We need to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us. If He didn’t close the wrong door, we would never find the right door.

God directs our path through the closing and opening of doors. Once a door closes, it forces us to change our course. Another door closes, it forces us to change our course again. Then, finally, we find the open door and we walk right into our blessing.

The Lord directs our paths through the opening and closing of doors, but instead of praising Him for the closed door (which keeps us out of trouble); we get upset because we “judge by the appearances.”

We have an ever-present help in the time of trouble that is always standing guard. Because He walks ahead of us, He can spot trouble down the road and set up a roadblock or detour accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom, we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour sign.

Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying, “Lord, how could You have done this to me?”

Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.-Norman Vincent Peale

 We have got to realize that the closed door can be a blessing. Didn’t He say that no good thing would He withhold from them that love Him?

If we get terminated from our job, praise God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves: it might be another job, it might be school.

If that man or woman won’t return our call, it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock, just let it go.

We can sometimes trap ourselves in doubt and discouragement through judging by appearances… Be grateful for the many times our Father has closed doors to us just to open them in the most unexpected places.

The Lord won’t always say in spoken words: “Go to the left, now to the right” … sometimes He will just close the doors that are wrong for us. Let us realize that there is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.

By Tim Pedrosa


Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.– Napoleon Hill
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. --Henry Ford