How many times have you heard the saying — and I’m quoting Joan Collins — “Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much!”
“Lance Armstrong said it this way, “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?“
Lance Armstrong simply calls it pain, but for the sake of this column, let me just say it this way: the pain of failure is temporary.
When you make plans to obtain the goals and objectives God has given you, obstacles are guaranteed to come your way, just know that quitting is not an option when you expect to win. If achieving goals were easy, everyone would be winners. You can work day and night, doing things your way, and get nowhere. Listen to the voice of the Lord, and follow his lead, as he orders your steps.
Focus on a single desire; it will mow down all opposition. Opportunity often slips in by the back door, and appears to be defeat; many don’t recognize opportunity, because they are so focused on the failure.
Have you heard the true story “Three feet from gold, by Napoleon Hill?” Well, an uncle of R. U. Darby worked for weeks, built machinery to work the mines, struck gold; they had one of the riches mines in Colorado. Yet, after mining a couple loads, drills kept running, but the gold seemed to have disappeared. They kept drilling, until finally one day they quit. They sold the machinery to a junk man. The junk man contacted a mining engineer who told him about the fault line. The engineer calculated they amazingly, they were only three feet from gold!
Let’s take a look at the men who fished all night long and caught absolutely nothing: Luke 5:4-7 says… “When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Though these men were tired, frustrated, disappointed, and weren’t sure what would happen, they said to the Lord “Because you say so, I will let down the nets” … And look what happened! You too must hear the voice of the Lord, and because he says so, follow that lead!
This separates winners from losers. Robert Schuller once said “Quitters Never win and winners never quit.” Some of you have lost jobs, homes, cars, spouses, loved ones, don’t quit!
Rogers & Hammerstein wrote in a song my McKinley High School Choir sang so many times, “Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain, Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart; and you’ll never walk alone. You’ll never walk alone.
In my own life, I’ve walked on through many storms, and kept going forward with hope in my heart. Philippians 4:19 King James Version (KJV) says 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; visit her new website at www.lyndiagrant.com and, call 202-518-3192. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m., to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.