Friday, October 21, 2016

Devotional 10-21-16

Devotion comes from Luke 18:1-8

This is a story of a persistent widow and a hard hearted judge. He feared neither God nor man. The widow had a problem which the judge refused to solve. She tenaciously bombarded the judge until he caved, not because of fear or regard, but he just got worn down.

This tells me that whatever pursuit which we have, we must continue to attack the problem and not give up.

Years ago when I was fighting the nickel wars at INCO, problems would come up which had to solved. Early on, I gave up after a brief struggle. Later, after being battle hardened by many problems, I found out that not giving up solves a lot of problems.

A Consultant told us that one of our biggest problems is the lack of tenacity, that is, giving up too easily.

As we face our daily struggles in daily living and prayer life, we have to keep trying.

Of course some things are truly unattainable. I’ll never be as tall as Marv Jones or as smart as Gil Ratcliff. It would be foolish and a waste of time. However, every day I can strive to be a better Christian, friend, husband, and church member. Every day I have failures, but thank the Lord, I can get up in the morning and try again.

 A little poem a friend shared with me is titled; "Don't Quit". It gives the same message as the scripture.

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
when the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
when you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit,
rest if you must BUT DON'T YOU QUIT.

Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
you can never tell how close you are;
it may be near when it seems so far,
so stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,

it's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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