What we do when defeat stares us in the face is the real touchstone of character. (Orison Swett Marden, 19th and 20th century American author)

At one time or another probably every active person has, as Marden put it, had “defeat stare us in the face.” It’s a daunting experience, isn’t it? No one likes to fail—not even to lose at checkers—but how we address those moments will determine ultimate success or failure. We can “cry over spilt milk” or wipe it up and move on. Trite, perhaps, but a good analogy for overcoming defeat.

If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small . . . The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. (Proverbs 24:10, 16)