We should always keep the belief fresh in our hearts that we are meant to
accomplish great things. Many times we begin to doubt ourselves because of
past failures and setbacks and instead of getting up and trying again, we
give up and accept mediocrity. What we must realize is that success and
failure are on equal ground. The difference between the one who succeeds
and the one who fails depends on which one is better prepared. Have we
done all that we can do in order to grasp success? Have we studied long
enough, trained hard enough, sacrificed enough, prayed enough and given our
all in order to reach our goal? These are the questions we must ask
ourselves when we set out to accomplish something new. (Philippians 3:13-14)
We cannot expect everything to come easily because if that were the case,
then nobody would ever fail. The simple truth is the one who has prepared
themselves the best is the one most likely to be successful. Be encouraged
to reevaluate and refocus on being successful. Do all that needs to be
done in order to reach your goal because when you finally grasp your dream,
you will be so proud and the sacrifices you made will be so worth it.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to believe in
yourself again. Know that you are meant to accomplish great things in
life, but it will take work, dedication and sacrifice for you to be at
WILL YOU BE READY?
Abraham Lincoln once said, “I will prepare, and some day my chance will
come.” When his chance came, he was ready.
During his seminary years, one priest-in-training sported a T-shirt that
never failed to bring chuckles. Across the front was emblazoned:
“Expectant Father.” His chance came and he, too, was ready!
When your chance comes, will you be ready?
Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky was always ready. He broke almost every
record imaginable and is known as the greatest hockey player of all time.
Gretzky is not particularly big for his sport -- he stands at 5 feet 11
inches tall and weighs in at 170 pounds. He never skated particularly fast,
his shot was not high-powered and he often placed dead last on regular
strength tests administered to his team. So what made "The Great One" so
great? He was ready.
Gretzky attributes his stardom to practice and preparation. He practiced
stick handling in the off-season with a tennis ball, as the ball was
harder to control than a puck. In practice he innovated. He practiced
bouncing the puck off the sideboards to his teammates until that technique
became a regular part of his play. Then he worked on bouncing the puck off
the net! He became so accomplished at these maneuvers that he sometimes
said, “People say there's only six men on the ice, but really, if you use
the angle of deflection of the board, there's seven. If you count the net,
that's eight. From the opening face-off, I always figure we have 'em eight-
What made “The Great One” so great? Gretzky was always the best prepared
member of his team. He was ready.
It's been said, “If you want your ship to come in, you must build a dock.”
When your chance comes, will you be ready?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving
strength of His anointed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: YOU STILL HAVE HOPE
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Today's Selected Testimony: VICKIE'S WAY TO A NEW LIFE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry