Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Using Failure As A Step To Success

It is not unusual for a jockey to lose his first race. But it is unusual for a jockey to continue to lose and not give up. Few people remember how many races Eddie Arcaro lost. He is remembered as the most famous jockey of his day.

There was a baseball player who struck out one thousand, three hundred and thirty times. But he kept swinging and also refused to give up. Today, when we mention home run hitters, the name Babe Ruth comes to mind and he is remembered for the number of home runs that he hit.

One individual failed ninety-nine times on one experiment. Eventually it worked. We do not remember Thomas Edison for what he did not accomplish, but for what he did accomplish. Today he is recognized as one of the greatest inventors the world has ever known.

Failure does not have to be fatal. It can always be used as a step to success. We must keep praying and pushing, trusting and trying. “Put God first,” says the Bible, and “He will crown your efforts with success.”

Prayer: Father, we are always tempted to take the easy way out and accept defeat. Your Word assures us that You will reward us if we look to You, honor You and use the talents You have given to us to bring glory to You: in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 3:1-6

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