I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (II Timothy 4:7 KJV)
Don't Quit - Keep On Pushing. Never let failure be on your list of options!
Sometime ago, I read a fiction story about hundreds of frogs that lived in a community. The story says that one day, the frogs decided to have a competition. They would see which one of them could climb to the top of the highest antenna in the village. This was like the Olympics of today.
The day came for the big event. Hundreds of frogs had enrolled to be apart of this event and tens of thousands of onlookers had come out to see who would win this race. Media houses from every area of Frog Kingdom were covering the story.
POW! The sound of the gun started the race. Each little frog started climbing quickly. Beneath the antenna, onlookers were constantly being negative with their talks. One by one you could hear statements such as, "None of them will ever make it to the top." "Tommy is too weak." "Why did Mariana even think about entering that race." "That one is too fat." Lots and lots of negative statements filled the air as each frog tried to reach the top.
It is said, that bit by bit, many frogs dropped off and couldn't complete the race. All but ONE. This little one kept going and going and going. The negative statements still filled the air, but he kept going and finally WON the race.
He returned to the bottom of the antenna to a cheering crowd and proud parents. Media houses asked the parents what they gave him to eat and how they trained him for this race. The parents simple said -"He's Deaf."
I hope you get the morale of this fiction story. Many times, those around us cause us to quit and fail because we listen to and adapt to the NEGATIVES being spoken around us, over us and behind our backs. Stop doing that friend!
Even when those around you constantly call you down and wish bad for you, still keep on PUSHING and FIGHTING until you win the race with Jesus on your side. They will do that to you on the job, at church, in your community, at home, everywhere. But, don't succumb to their negatives - YOU CAN MAKE IT!
The Apostle Paul was a great bible character who had some trying times as he carried the gospel to the ends of the earth. I am sure sometimes the flesh inspired him to give up, yet he pushed and pushed and fought and fought. That's just how life's race is - you have to keep trying and pushing.
Friend, the race will be rough and tough, but you have to keep running in order to get the prize. Paul spent much of his ministry running to escape death. The good part is though, he made it. YOU CAN MAKE IT TOO.
The Naysayers will talk - but push still. As you do what you do, people will wish bad for you, but don't stop climbing. Like the little frog you'll make it. Like the Apostle Paul, you too will be able to say. . . I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (II Timothy 4:7 KJV)
Cheers - Let's work to get to the top together!