Rising Above Discouragement

Rising Above Discouragement

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.” (Proverbs 13:12)

“We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out.” This is what Decca Recording Company said in 1962 when they turned down a recording contract with a new singing group called “The Beatles”.

“That kid can’t play baseball. He can’t pull the ball.” This is what the manager of the Brave’s Triple A team said about Hank Aaron in 1952. Aaron went on to hit 755 home runs, breaking all previous records.

Sir Isaac Newton, the scientist who discovered gravity, did so poorly in school that he was called “unpromising” by his teacher.

Albert Einstein, when he was 10 years old, was told by the headmaster of his school, (translated from German), “You will never amount to very much.”

Thomas Edison was told in grade school that he was too stupid to learn anything

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas.”

Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade because he could not pass the standardized tests.

Babe Ruth – the greatest baseball player of all times – struck out 1,300 times – a major league record

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

Remember – no matter what the critics say, in God’s economy, everybody has a purpose, everyone has a talent, everyone has a spiritual gift and everybody has something of value to offer. Never give up until you know what your purpose is; allow God to develop and sharpen your talents and your spiritaul gifts in your life. Dedicate your talents and abilites to God. Take courage. Nothing you ever do for God will ever be in vain. Remember, too, that one of the greatest ways we can serve God is simply by helping others – and every one of us can do that every day.

Also, as long as what you are doing is in harmony with God’s will, then dream big dreams, because God will use your talents and spiritual gifts in His Kingdom work. Know your God-given dreams and keep hope alive, no matter what the setbacks – and never, ever, ever give up.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me to know my God-given life purpose and dream. Help me to be faithful to your calling and keep hope alive so that I will never give up and in due course will receive the reward that comes from serving you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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