About an hour later, still another man kept insisting, "Surely this man also was with him for he is a Galilean." But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
We don't want them to fail.
But the reality is that we're not all cut out to be a soccer player, a basketball star, a ballerina, or a karate champ.
And sooner or later our kids are going to fail. Whether it be on the field, court, or on a test at school. Failure is inevitable. And that is a good thing. Failure can be a good thing.
Failure gives us a chance to reevaluate. Failure gives us a chance to examine ourselves. Failure creates something new in us.
When Peter realized he hailed failed Jesus, he wept bitterly. He allowed those tears to cleanse him. And then he was a changed man.
Peter became the foundation of the church and led many people into living as disciples.
Jesus knew Peter's weaknesses. Jesus also knew Peter's strengths. Jesus knew Peter would fail. But what is so awesome is that Jesus knew Peter would learn from this failure and do great things for the Kingdom of God.
A miracle of failure.