The Man Who Failed His Driving Test 17 Times

We all face failure, but trial comes with a great opportunity for grace. Today, Jeff talks about embracing failure as a way to grow in Christ, instead of becoming discouraged. 

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“Connection is more important than perfection.”


“The beautiful thing about the Lord is that he never gives up on you.”


“But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:4

Perhaps one of the most dramatic examples of tenacity is the professional life of President Abraham Lincoln.

  • He lost his job in 1832
  • He was defeated for the legislature, also in 1832
  • He failed in business in 1833
  • He was elected to the legislature in 1834
  • He suffered the loss of his sweetheart, who died in 1835
  • He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836
  • He was defeated for speaker of the state legislature in 1838
  • He was defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843
  • He was elected to Congress in 1846
  • He lost his renomination for Congress in 1848
  • He was rejected for the position of land officer in 1849
  • He was defeated for the Senate in 1854
  • He was defeated for the nomination for Vice-President of the United States in 1856
  • He was defeated again for the Senate in 1858
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860

“When our confidence is shaken in beliefs we thought secure, when the spirit in its sickness seeks but cannot find a cure, God is active in the tensions of a faith not yet Mature.” – Fred Pratt Green, “When Our Confidence Is Shaken”

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis


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Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 

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