Thursday, February 21, 2019

Try, Try, and Try Again

And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.  Galatians 6:9

Have there been moments in your life when it seemed that all the effort and energies you were investing in something made no difference? Perhaps you feel this way right now.  Maybe it’s your life, career, finances or marriage that seem to be stuck like a tire in mud.  No matter how hard you press the accelerator, you never get traction — you never make any significant progress.

Times like these are frustrating. They drain our hope and weary our spirit and soul. And if we’re not careful, they can drive us to the point of giving up.

Thomas Alva Edison was credited with inventing the incandescent light bulb in the late 1800s. Amazing! Did he invent it on the first try? Second try? One hundredth try? One thousandth try? Not even close! Over several years, and thousands of attempts, he worked with no success. The World Book Encyclopedia (1993) noted, “Edison himself said, ‘I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work.’” Love the attitude! 

His persistence paid off. Because he did quit or grow weary in "doing good,” the incandescent light bulb was born.   

What have you been working at and praying for with no visible answer? Whatever it is, keep believing God for an answer. Don’t quit or throw in the towel. Don’t lose heart. A harvest awaits those who don’t grow weary in doing good. That’s God’s word and you can count on it.

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