A Prayer for Failure.

I attended a conference this past weekend with a group called the Influencers; a men’s marketplace ministry that I’ve been involved in for some time.

I’ve found it extremely rewarding to not only support men that are on a journey to more intimacy with Christ, but more significantly, men that are on the brink of just wearing out.

Never before have I seen so many of us so apprehensive of failure, whether it be professional or otherwise. There seems to be a mood of resignation that permeates the psyche and brings about a calmness and peace that most people usually associate with “everything being just fine.” As I listened to the prayers that were being offered up, it seemed that more and more of them were just asking God to “bring them to it so He could bring them through it.”

What I witnessed does speak to the effects that all of us have seen and felt as a result of the recent and continuing recession. But it also speaks to the fact that more and more men are searching for something deeper and more meaningful.

Truth Be Told, I don’t pretend to know what that portends for the future. What I do know is that more and more people (not just men) are completely redefining their lives because everything in general has just become to complex, bureaucratic, political and more unfair than it’s ever seemed before, especially with those in the marketplace.

Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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