To get where we need to be is often a question of whether or not we have the endurance and the will to start out in the first place. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Being on the short end of an unfair fight is some place I never liked to be. Getting pummeled, either by someone’s fists or by their ideas, is one of the more unpleasant things to bear in this life. Perhaps, I often thought, it would be far better not to get into these kind of situations in the first place?
Unfortunately, in addition to finding myself at the short end of these encounters frequently, as a boy I also had another characteristic trait. Simply, I just couldn’t bear to let a wrong go unchallenged. If I felt that I was right about something I knew there was only one cure for setting things straight--what can’t be immediately cured had to be endured. There just was a time when walking away was not an option. Unfortunately, that often led to disappointment before correction.
The story is told that Andrew Jackson’s boyhood friends just couldn’t understand how he became a famous general and then the President of the United States. They knew of other men who had greater talent but who never succeeded. One of Jackson’s friends said, “Why, Jim Brown, who lived right down the pike from Jackson, was not only smarter but he could throw Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.” Another friend responded, “How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn’t they usually say three times and out?” “Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat -- he would never stay ‘throwed.’ Jim Brown would get tired, and on the fourth try Andrew Jackson would throw him and be the winner.” Picking up on that idea, someone has said, “The thing that counts is not how many times you are ‘throwed,’ but whether you are willing to stay ‘throwed’.” We may face setbacks, but we must take courage and go forward in faith. Then, through the Holy Spirit’s power we can be the eventual victor over sin and the world. The battle is the Lord’s, so there is no excuse for us to stay “throwed”! (Our Daily Bread.)
The Apostle Paul knew something about “being throwed.” He found himself at the short end of the pummeling fist more often than not. Yet, his advice to a young Timothy, his protege, was this: “endure hardship . . . discharge your duties. . .” (1 Timothy 4:5). To get where we need to be is often a question of whether or not we have the endurance and the will to start out in the first place. Getting “throwed” is inevitable if you are the kind of person who wants things to be right and you believe in justice being served. Being vigilant in the face of even overwhelming opposition isn’t easy. Yet, the question of who will be left standing when the dust settles is more often than not a question of will power and not strength. It isn’t the getting “throwed” that matters. It’s whether or not you are willing to stay “throwed” that does.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we know that to get where we need to be in this life is often a question of whether or not we have the endurance and the will to start out in the first place. Forgive us when we fear of losing, of not being able to endure, of getting “throwed.” Teach us Lord that to be the kind of person you want us to be we need not be afraid of failure. Even when the opposition is overwhelming Lord, fill us with your spirit to make us bold when we want to be small and quiet. Father, give us the spirit and heart never to stay “throwed” even when we are facing overwhelming odds. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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