Starting Over

I tried. I failed. I tried again. I failed again. I tried a third time, and this time – I failed. Maybe I should have quite while I was ahead. Yet my stubbornness prevailed and I did learn to jump rope. I did learn to ride a bike, I learned to say the alphabet backwards, as well as many other things I do.

Maybe you already know that success does not always come from a single effort. Maybe first grade was the best three years of your life. It could be that the storms destroyed your crops or your house, but you replanted and rebuilt.

In the words of Frank Sinatra, “That’s life!”

Victory does not always come in a single down, but by down after down after down. Plays may be won or lost, but the victory is to the one who wins the most set of downs.

As a child of God we will have times of discouragement, even ministers and elders have those times. There will be moments of despair in your Christians walk. Times when you feel like giving up. You are not seeing the results of your efforts in telling someone about Christ. You study and pray, but still find yourself struggling with the same temptation. Giving up is easy. Quitting is the smooth path when the going gets tough. But we must be victorious. We must overcome.

We must overcome.

Those who are victorious, those who overcome the world are the ones who try again and again and if need be again and a gain. They refuse to surrender. Conquerors go down fighting and stand back up one more time than they go down.

Consider the following words of encouragement and DON’T GIVE UP!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:1-2)

So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:26-27)

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)


Bonus for reading all the way through – That’s Life!

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