Nevertheless, we also experience failure in the Christian life. We make mistakes, this said, plain failure is important in the spiritual life. Without failure we would never learn. Without failure God would never be able to really begin His work within us. Sometimes we have to fall to the ground, let the dust dirty our face, realize that we are dependent on Him for everything, reach out our hand to find his hand there to lift us up. How easy is it to want to remain on the ground so life can’t knock us down again but we have to get up? In the darkness and distress of suffering we can find a pearl of great price- a strength we never dreamed we could possess, a strength which seems to uphold us and by whose power our minds are made capable of the acceptance of suffering, not as a good in itself, but as a force for the good which it can inspire.