Motivational Minute - Perseverance

Don’t give up on your dreams. If it is worth dreaming, it is worth pursuing; relentlessly. Nelson Mandela understood this. His dream of a free South Africa led to arrests and imprisonment – years of imprisonment. But in 1994 he was elected South Africa’s first black president. He united the country and South Africa started the long process of healing.

Mandela had lots of opportunity to give up. Opposition was fierce. But he persevered. “I have walked that long road to freedom”, Mandela said. “I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

Micah 7:8 says, "Rejoice not against me, O Enemy of mine. If I fall, I shall rise again. If I find myself in darkness, the Lord will bring light to me."  The difference between those who fail and those who succeed is that the ones who succeed are people who fail who get back up.

Thomas Edison invented the light bulb after 10,000 failed attempts. When asked about his failures he replied he didn't see the failed attempts as failures - he saw them as ways a lightbulb wouldn't work. That's the proper perspective on failure.

Don’t give up! If you have a dream, pursue it relentlessly.

Pastor Kay Robonsin
Abundant Life Church
Silverthorne, Colorado

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