‘Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.’ Proverbs 16:3 NLT
The moment you start believing you’re successful enough to rest on your laurels, you’re in trouble. You’ve put a lid on your growth! Solomon wrote, ‘Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!’ (Proverbs 22:29 TLB) Success is always a possibility, but never a guarantee. It belongs to the man or woman who’s willing to show up early, stay late, go the extra mile, and keep asking, ‘Is there a better way?’ An agency once created an ad for an automobile company. It said, ‘At sixty miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.’ When they ran the ad by the company’s CEO, he smiled and said, ‘I guess we’ve got to do something about that clock!’ A young man once asked Henry Ford, ‘How can I make a name for myself and be successful?’ He replied, ‘Decide what you want, then stick with it. Never deviate from your course no matter how long it takes or how hard the road, until you’ve accomplished your purpose.’ Successful people have one thing in common: they refuse to quit! No matter how many times they fall, they get back up, dust themselves off, learn from it, and start over. Paul J. Meyer says, ‘Ninety-nine per cent of those who fail are not actually defeated, they simply quit.’ The Bible says, ‘And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’ (Galatians 6:9 ESV) The only people who never fail are those who never try. So keep going, and don’t even think about quitting!
SoulFood: Heb 11:4–12:3, 1 Chron 17:1–20, Ps 18:20–29
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023