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Don't Give Up!


Don’t Give Up!

 

 

 

Heb 10:35-36

So don’t lose your confidence, it will bring you a great reward.  You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised.

 

Psalm 27:13
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.


I am reminded of a story about Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel.  She swam both to and from England.  It took a total of 29 hours and 42 minutes between the two trips.  With that accomplishment, Chadwick attempted to swim the distance from the California coast to Catalina Island, a distance of around 26 miles.  The waters were about 48 degrees and during her swim a thick fog rolled in.  A half mile from Catalina Island, she became discouraged and quit.  When reporters questioned her the next day, they asked whether it had been the length of the swim or the cold water that had beaten her.  She replied that it had been neither, “I was licked by the fog.” 

Chadwick explained that when she had been swimming the English Channel, a similar fog has arisen.  She had gotten discouraged, and reached for her father, who was in a boat at her side.  He stood and pointed in the direction she was swimming.  She raised her head above the fog, and saw the shoreline in the distance.  With this renewed vision, she was able to finish her swim across the Channel.

God realizes that we need visions, dreams and goals to motivate us to keep going forward, no matter what we face. Without them, we lose heart and die inside…little by little as revealed in Proverbs 29:18. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

It is more important that we view failure with the right perspective.  We are going to fail.   It is more important how we respond to failure then the failure, itself.  We are to learn from failure.  One of my favorite quotes is one by Nelson Mandela; “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling (failing), but in rising every time we fall (fail).  

 

Michael Jordon was quoted as follows; I have missed more than 9,000 shots and lost almost 300 games.  Also, 26 times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. Yet, Michael Jordon is one of the most successful basketball players ever.


Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, stated, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." Each failure moved him closer to success as it eliminated what would not work.  It was a lot like my experience with the lights. 

 

One of the hardest things for me to do is summed up by Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  It is so hard to keep a positive attitude in the midst of failure.  None of us like to fail.  We are judged based upon our performance.  We are applauded when we win.   We are paid when we are successful in our jobs. 

 

As Elbert Hubbard shared, “There is no failure except in no longer trying”!

 

I remember lyrics to a song I used to sing; “Don’t give up, try again….this time you can make it!”  Another song that I wrote included this line; “Though at times I stumble, I will not fall…..you’re a God that carries me through it all.”  It was a determination to persevere, no matter what. I remember having to put my focus upon the Lord so many times as I didn’t have the strength to go on and He would give me strength to do all things that I needed to do.  He gave me courage to go on.  My attitude would be changed to focus upon the good things…..to refocus upon the goals…..to carry on!

 

“All my successes have been built upon my failures”, Benjamin Disraeli wisely comments.  Our failures make us wiser…..they give us experience and history.   They mature us and complete us so that we are more ready when success comes.

 

Being in the car business for many years, I learned that each “no” just moves us closer to a “yes”.   Why?  It is the law of averages.   Let’s say a good salesperson sells 30% of the people they talk to, but has just gotten 10 no’s in a row.  The law of averages would lead us to conclude that it would be possible to sell 6 of the next 10 customers.  The percentages would be more accurate as the number of customers increase.

 

We need to forget our past mistakes and failures by putting them behind us and moving forward.  We are able to do this as we understand that God desires it.  He forgives and forgets, so why shouldn’t we.  Like Paul, we need to keep “trying” to reach all our goals.....going forward…..pushing toward those things ahead.  The things that have been placed in our hearts will come to pass.  God has placed them there for a purpose.  There are many things that have been in our heart for a long time.  Some of them have come to pass, others haven’t…but, I know they will happen in the future as we keep moving forward with God’s direction.   It is like Christmas… I know it is coming.  There is something under the tree for me, but I have to wait (at least until Christmas Eve) to unwrap it.

 

Romans 8:25
But we are hoping for something we do not have yet, and we are waiting for it patiently.

 

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

 

We lose heart….we tire….we get exhausted when we don’t see our expectations become reality as quickly as we believe they should.  We need to continually have faith something great is going to happen or eventually we will find ourselves depressed and under the circumstances.  Let’s continually remind ourselves that God desires the best for us.  He wants to see us get to the land of the living.  That is where we see the goodness of the Lord and our dreams, visions and desires come true!  You are too close to stop.  Don’t give up now.  This time you will make it…if you keep trying! 


Continuing to believe the best in you,


-Frank-

 

 

 

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