How to Bear Fruit from Failure

Have you ever experienced the pain of failure? They say that there’s no such thing as failure, only learnings. True. But how do you transform failures into fruits? Find out.

While in Tagaytay for the New Year, we were invited to a farm and went Sayote picking! My kids loved it! We filled a whole sack of it.

What was particular was that the Sayotes that just fell off the shoot, became seeds that would sprout new vines. So, naturally, the farm’s foliage became thicker over time and more sayotes were produced because of those that dropped from the vine. My friend said, “Walang sayang.”

In our life experiences, there may have been things like projects, businesses, events or ideas that were executed and “fell off.” In other words, not all things that we imagined would work, worked.

But here’s the thing. Unseen to us are the “new vines” that sprout from these painful experiences.  If we use the wisdom taught in these happenings, indeed “walang sayang.”

This reminds me of John 12: 24:

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”

How can we be fruitful despite the seeming failures that we go through?

1. Be mindful of what may “sprout” from failures

What new knowledge and skills have you gained through that particular endeavor? How did that humbling experience mold the strength of your character? The sprouts are not noticeable at first, but it’s there, trying to crack open the seed covering and reaching out for the sun. Identify these new “sprouts.”

2. Nurture your new learning.

These “sprouts” of learning are delicate and need the right amount of water and sun — not too much — just enough. As the sprouts grow into vine branches, and as branches form new shoots, continue to intensify your nurturing.

What I’m saying is, as your skill grows, invest in it more. Don’t allow the growth to stunt.

3. Be generous with your learnings

Since you experienced the pain of failure, be generous with the lessons. Help in the growth of others, and there you’ll see your purpose. By helping others, you can say “walang sayang.” Your brokeness is transformed into blessing.

I don’t think anyone is ever exempt from suffering, dissappointments and pain. Yet, beyound the burden of the cross and an experience of “dying” to ourselves, there lies the glory of resurrection.

Friend, may “you bear fruit that will remain.” (John 15:16)

Reflect:

  1. What was your recent experience of “falling off” or failure?
  2. Name one good thing that “sprouted” from it.

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