It’s easy to blame ourselves, or those around us for failures. However, we should not fool ourselves into thinking that failure is always a result of our shortcomings, nor should we believe that success is exclusively due to our merits. Success or failure may be due to just plain ole chance, scripted or unscripted.
This is not to say that hard work and ingenuity aren’t important. They prepare us to make the most of the chances we get in life, and they may create opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t exist.
Yet those who succeeds at work may be no more deserving than another who fails.
If your response to success is solely self-congratulation, you are practicing self-idolatry.
If your reaction to failure is despair, then you will feel the hollowness of a “broken idol.” But if your reaction is perseverance, then you will experience the gracious power of a living God.