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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Failure, the Bridge to Success

By Ken Horn
Oct. 16, 2011

Hall of Fame New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio was one of the best ever to play major league baseball. But his career almost didn’t happen. He was highly touted when he played in the minors. But he severely injured his leg playing for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League. Of the 16 major league teams that existed at the time, 15 passed on him. The Yankees didn’t, and the rest is history.

Such stories are not confined to the realm of sports. Abraham Lincoln could not remotely be considered a success in his early life. He lost eight elections and failed in business twice. He even had a nervous breakdown! All before becoming perhaps the most famous of all U.S. presidents.

Thomas Edison failed frequently but triumphed ultimately … in a big way. “I have not failed,” he said. “I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

What if Lincoln’s or Edison’s accomplishments hadn’t happened? How different our world would be. But they possessed one attribute that guaranteed that would not occur: They didn’t quit!

How many great accomplishments have not occurred because gifted men and women were cowed by perceived failure into giving up?

God has adopted you and is raising you up to be a winner. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV). The only thing that can defeat you is your decision to quit.

God will be with you … as long as your efforts are in His will. A loving father never sanctions a child’s wrongheaded, selfish desires. He chastises him and tries to move him in the right direction.

This should make all of us really want to be in God’s will. You will succeed … if you agree with your Father!

But even then, you may fall a time or two. When these are mistakes (rather than sins), you can echo Edison — one more way not to do it.

Don’t quit witnessing, or preaching, or working for God because your results have been less than stellar. God, like a loving dad, is in your corner. He wants you to succeed. In order to do that, you simply must not quit.

Ken Horn

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