May 30 Never Quit

 

Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes.
(Psalm 44:5, NIV)

Only when you accept failure as final are you finally a failure. Any time you learn from a mistake, you’ve taken a major step towards success. You can’t hit a home run unless you get out of the dugout and face the pitcher. Baseball legend Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs, but he also struck out 1,330 times. During a low period, an interviewer asked him how he overcame discouragement. He replied, “If I just keep swinging the bat, the law of averages says I’ll catch up. In fact, when I’m in a slump, I feel sorry for the pitcher, because I know that, sooner or later, he’s going to pay for it.” What a great attitude!

It’s your attitude that determines whether failure makes you or breaks you. Imagine, Henry Ford actually forgot to put a reverse gear into his first car. But instead of giving up, he just said, “Failure is only a necessary step to success!” If Abraham could start out as an idol worshiper and finish up as “the friend of God,” then there’s hope for all of us. When Benjamin Disraeli attempted to speak in Parliament for the first time, they booed him into silence. But he said, “Though I sit down now, the time will come when you will all hear me.” He was right! His critics are forgotten, but his words live on. David said, “Through You we [will] push back our enemies” (Psalms 44:5).

 

That means, through God, you can get back up, you can prevail, and you can win![1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 150). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

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