Failure is something we have all experienced. We have also watched the public failures of people that resulted in many lives being affected. It is painful to watch someone's life as their career, family, and finances go to shambles because of their poor choices. It is even more painful to experience all that personally.
There are consequences to every choice we make. Failure can be devastating. The losses seem almost impossible to overcome. But nothing could be further from the truth. There is a path back to success and fulfillment. The question is, will we take it?
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Stephen Mizell is the Lead Pastor at Open Door Church. Stephen and his wife Barbara, along with their children, started attending Open Door on Easter Sunday 2005. In January of 2008 he came on staff and became the Lead Pastor in October, 2010. Stephen believes he has been specifically called to impact northeastern North Carolina with life-giving congregations in rural communities.
Stephen is a gifted communicator who is committed to sharing practical truths from God’s Word. He is committed to raising up leaders both locally and around the world. As a part of John Maxwell’s organizations EQUIP and the John Maxwell Team, Stephen has been able to teach leadership principles in many countries around the world. He is also an entrepreneur and has owned several businesses over the last 20 years.
Stephen and Barbara reside in Edenton, NC. They have four children and three grandchildren. They enjoy traveling the world and serving people wherever they go. You can follow Stephen’s thoughts on ministry, life and leadership at www.StephenMizell.com. His brand new book about his personal story of redemption entitled “The Long Walk Back” just released and is available here on Amazon.
1) What sparked your decision to journey down the path of writing The Long Walk Back?
I had been able to help some other people one on one and knew this would be a way that I could help people that I would never have the opportunity to sit down with one on one. I have a real desire to help others who are struggling with failure and also to help people avoid some of the pain I experienced.
2) Share with us one tip on how to get out of the mess we may have found ourselves in.
The most basic decision is to want something different than what you have. The next needed decision is to surround yourself with the right people
3) Can everyone recover from failure?
The simple answer is yes, but the recovery doesn't always mean restoration. Your recovered life may look nothing like your previous place.
4) What is your favorite Bible verse?
This one is tough. Being a pastor, there are a lot of verses I identify with. As I have signed this book, I have used Ruth 4:14 but I was not left without a redeemer
5) Tell us a little bit about your family.
I grew up in a pastors home, so the life I have is not completely foreign to me. My wife Barbara and I have been married for 12 years and we have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. All of our children live within an hour of us.
6) Will The Long Way Back by your only self help book or will others follow it? If so can you share a little bit about what's next.
I am currently working on a book on parenting. Helping families is a real passion for me. It is where I have found my greatest struggles and I want to share the lessons I have learned.
7) Pastor, what is your favorite comfort food?
Fried chicken or ice cream
8) If you could have one wish what would it be?
That I leave a legacy that makes an impact long after I am gone
9) Where can my readers keep up with you?