‘I DIDN’T’ Hebrews 12:1-13
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (v2)
(2) Another thought to keep in mind when we collapse under the weight of failure is this, if the thing in which you failed was clearly the right thing for you to do, then dedicate your energies to God, try again, and don’t give up. A father who was attempting to encourage his teenage son after he had failed an exam said, “Don’t give up, try again.” What’s the use? Responded the son. “It’s easier to quit.” His father challenged him, saying, “The people who are remembered in life are the people who when they failed, didn’t give up, but tried again. He went on, “Remember Churchill? He didn’t give up. Remember Edison? He did not give up. The boy nodded. His father continued. Remember John Mc Cringle? The boy was puzzled. Who’s John Mc Cringle? He asked. ‘You see said the father, ‘you don’t remember him he gave up. I once saw on a park bench looking depressed and downcast. His arms were folded across his chest and he had a resigned look on his face. The caption read: “I give up.” When I saw this poster, I looked at it for a few moments and turned away. But then I glanced at it again and my eye was attracted to something in the right – hand corner of the poster. It was a picture of a black hill and on it a very tiny cross. These words barely perceptible, were printed beneath it. “I didn’t. Have you failed in something and as a consequence are feeling so discouraged that you don’t even feel like trying again? Then lift your eyes to the cross. The one who triumphed over all obstacles holds on His hand towards you. Take His hand, and in His strength and power try again.
PRAYER LINE: God, help me to connect my smallness to Your greatness, my faint-heartedness to Your boldness, my fear to Your faithfulness.
Christ’s empty tomb guarantees our victory over death.