Things that hurt… instruct
They travelled to Kiev full of hope and expectation but English hearts were broken in the cruellest of ways as Italy sent them packing from Euro 2012 in a penalty shoot out.
“Once bitten twice shy” means when something has hurt you once, you tend to avoid that thing again. But, it seems England did not learn from history, and the team is still timid when it comes to taking penalty kicks.
When you fall, pick something on your way up
For the sixth time in an international tournament England were eliminated in a penalty shootout, this time losing out to Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final clash in Kiev. Proverbs 24:16 says “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again”. This wise saying simply means that there is hope for England. It does not matter if England falls six or seven times, she will rise again in victory; assuming England is “righteous” of course.
The important lesson to take from this is the need to learn from your mistakes. When you fail an exam, don’t re-take the exam until you’ve identified the areas where you failed. In other words, when you fall down, make sure you pick up something positive when you rise up.
“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy, because when I fall, I will rise again.” Micah 7:8
Failure is not fatal
Let’s not laugh at the England team because of its failure, let’s pray that England will overcome its weakness (penalty shoot outs).
No one is immune from failure. No one is perfect. If you’ve failed in any endeavour, make sure you don’t give up, because failure does not mean you cannot succeed. Below are a few examples of people who failed in life and latter became successful:
• Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, graduated last in his college class. That weakness did not hinder him from trying to become a prime minister.
• Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison before becoming the president of South Africa.
• Mary Kay Ash, the billionaire founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, sold less than £2 worth of cosmetics at her first beauty show.
• Before becoming president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln failed at two businesses and lost six elections.
• Thomas Edison, the inventor, failed in almost 10,000 experiments before inventing the light bulb. He said, “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
• Sylvester Stallone, the movie actor, was turned down time and time again when he was trying to produce his classic movie, Rocky. Today, you have Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V.
The life experience of all these people is a strong indication that failure is not fatal. Just because you’ve failed does not mean you should not try again. Just because you’ve failed does not mean you cannot win.
Things that hurt… instruct
The mistakes you’ve made and the bad experiences you’ve had, should all culminate into one thing: instruction.
Don’t linger on the things that hurt you but rather learn from them. Let your mistakes be a springboard that catapult you to your desired goals.
Before the European tournament expectations, had been running low, which is unusual for England. However after an impressive draw against France and wins against Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine in the group stages fans once again dreamed of glory. That dream became a nightmare when the two Ashleys, Young and Cole, failed to score goals during their penalty kicks.
Mike Adun, 42, a church administrator from Birmingham said: “This England team have done far better than anyone expected, but still it’s a painful way to lose.”
Life sometimes breaks us, but but when we learn from the past, and allow God to heal us, we end up stronger. Let’s pray that the healing process begins and England will be better in taking penalty kicks, next time.