He was told that if he hadn’t written a book by the age of 35, chances were that he never would– and he was almost 40! He was warned that short stories weren’t popular or considered for top prizes– yet his won the Pulitzer Prize! Hollywood told him his book held no dramatic possibilities and Broadway said it would never make a good musical.
Would you have given up? Would you have washed the whole idea right out of your hair? Or would you have hung in there and written Tales of the South Pacific as James Michener did?
It’s easy to be negative. It’s easy to criticize and say “Here’s what might go wrong.” But positive people and dreamers accomplish “miracles”. They persevere. They overcome the challenges (what some call “problems”).
I once read of a college president who had a plaque on his desk that read: “Behold the turtle. He never makes any progress unless he sticks his neck out.”
The next time you feel challenged say ‘yes’. The next time God gives you a dream, go for it! “Stick your neck out” for Jesus and the Kingdom of God! The next time may be your last opportunity to glorify God – not because you have lots of courage, but because you can still trust Him.
–Edited from an article by Dan Skaggs
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock