David was a US attorney during the Bush administration who was fired because of “performance related issues.” It ended up in an investigation that turned up evidence that everything was political and there were a few books written about the entire scandal.
Now, David works as a terrorism and war crimes prosecutor.
Even coming from all of this David spoke with a humility that caught my attention from the first time I met him.
David shared a bit of his story and one quote that particularly stuck with me was:
God used a humiliating time in my life to bring huge blessings.
This is incredible to me, so much so that it caused me to question many humiliating things that have happened in my life. The things that I look back on and regret that God actually used them to bless me and even possibly to initiate me as a man.
The culture that Americans are raised in seems to be one that circles around positivity. We always want everything to be positive or we question if it was even God’s will. Then David spoke about failure and how to “succeed at failing.”
Even the word, failing, brings negative connotations.
Succeeding at failing is a hard concept to grasp and often one that leaves you without the motivation to finish. It’s the opposite of everything that we are taught but it makes perfect sense. To get an F on your test means you failed, some chose to give up or accept that we are failure.
Winston Churchill said, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
Knowing in life that you will fail but that, more likely than not, it’s worth the risk.
Walt Disney said, “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
It was incredible to hear about failing from a man and then have him share the blessing that God has given him. The many blessings in his family, children and his job that he has now.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)
I am blessed to be able to have David join us as we walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain during May and June. We will start Kingdom Journeys with a marathon (26.2 miles) and we will be doing a 500 mile pilgrimage and hike across northern Spain. David will be coming to hike with us for two weeks as we ask some of life’s hardest questions, become a team and what it means to be a man of God.
David said, “No one goes on The Way by accident.”
Looking forward to what God is intentionally doing in the men of Kingdom Journeys by connecting us with The Way and David.
Thank you David for your time and words of wisdom.