Even though you’ve experienced setbacks, health problems, adversity, betrayals, financial reversals or unexpected trauma in the past year, now is the time to rise up and embrace what God tells us in Jeremiah 29:11. “I know the plans that I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.” These words are etched on a plaque that is ever before me in our kitchen.
Will you shake off any negative thoughts or pessimistic projections that have settled in your mind and choose to persist in faith and in the grace of God to “lay hold of that for which Christ laid hold of me” (Phil. 3:13)?
You counter, “But I failed so many times and made so many stupid mistakes this past year.”
So what? Take time to rewind, reflect and then reset! Purpose not to act impulsively but rather get more counsel before acting. Count the cost as Jesus taught. Learn from your mistakes. Ted Williams was baseball’s greatest hitter and even he failed six out of every 10 times he went to the plate!
To inspire us all to persevere and not quit, let’s review some additional examples of those who have gone before us, persisting and eventually attaining success.
Remember, you already have everything you need to get everything God wants you to have if you will do these two things: Faithfully steward what He’s given you; and, work hard and don’t quit when inevitable obstacles come.
The brilliant inventor, Thomas Edison, said it well: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
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