DCL 5.4 Instruction | Introduction

 “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

(Genesis 50:20)


In this DCL module, the sessions presented by Tom Atema do not entirely follow the notes.  Tom decided to share on the subject of ‘Failing Forward’ from his own experience. The video has been included in full to use at your discretion.


Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP


Many people who struggle with chronic failure do so because they think of no one but themselves. People who desire to fail forward must turn their attention away from themselves and toward helping others. This process can be called “getting over yourself.”

A leading psychiatrist was asked what a person should do if they feel they are slipping into depression. He replied, “Find someone in need and do something to help that person.” If you focus all your attention on yourself, you will always feel deprived – constantly thinking that something is missing in your life. Developing a giving spirit – focusing on the needs of others – you will overcome feelings of deficiency in a positive and healthy way.


How can you turn your thinking from yourself and start adding value and blessing to others? You can begin by…

1. Putting others first in your thinking: value them.

2.  Finding out what others need: listen to them.

3.  Meeting their need with generosity: serve them.


You can serve others and add great value to them only if you learn to “get over yourself.” Be more con­cerned with what you can give rather than what you can get.


Remember: Giving truly is the highest level of living!


Determine to make meeting the needs of others a priority in your life. You can start by asking yourself the following questions at the beginning of each day:

  • Whom am I pouring my life into?
  • Whom am I helping that cannot help me in return?
  • Whom am I serving who cannot help himself?
  • Whom am I encouraging daily?

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