An author said no one excelled Benjamin Franklin as an innovator of change. The Genuine Article, 184. In reality, Adam—the first innovator of change—made the most of catastrophe once removed from Paradise. He and Eve continued having faith in God after being expelled from Eden. First, giving God credit for the birth of Cain. Second, giving him thanks for the birth of Seth. Third, their recovery from failure.
While being distinct, while in the Garden both Adam and Eve were known as Adam—mankind. To distinguish her as a female from his maleness, Adam gave her the name Eve—the mother of all mortals. Observe that difference as the sole relationship that constitutes marriage, whatever culture says.
They had lost Paradise and been evicted from the Garden. They had also been forgiven and could therefore continue living for God, though they couldn’t return to Eden. They taught their descendants one of the great lessons of life: failure won’t defeat us if we get on with life despite it. If we learn from the mistakes that caused it and avoid them in the future. Failure can be a new beginning, not the end. And if sin has brought an end to what we cherished, we need to get started on a new life under God’s supervision and in God’s will.
True, failure can be so great no further success compensates: like the German defeat at Stalingrad; like Sir John Franklin’s disaster exploring the Arctic; like the Japanese defeat at Midway.
Nevertheless, failure is never final for us unless we quit. Both Robert E. Lee and William T. Sherman were failures as Generals seven months after the Civil War started: Lee the King of Spades by having his troops digging defensive works, Sherman considered insane. Nevertheless they persevered through their failures and 41 months later emerged as heroes of their side.
Each of us is a “work in progress,” whatever our age. God isn’t finished with us yet, and won’t be so long as we live this side of the grave. If we’re willing to let God work his will to change us into what he envisions, even failures can be advances. For nothing is impossible with God, not even recovery from the worst failure to greater success. –Fini-
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