Rising Above Discouragement
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy."1
"These boys won't make it. Go back to Liverpool, Mr. Epstein, you have a good business there." This is what a recording company executive told the Beatles' manager at their first audition! Can you imagine that?
"That kid can't play baseball. He can't pull the ball" is what the manager of the Brave's Triple-A team said about Hank Aaron in 1952. Aaron went on to hit 755 home runs, the most ever in the history of baseball.
Remember, no matter what the critics say, in God's economy everybody has a purpose and everybody has something of value to offer. Never give up until you know what your God-given talent is, or talents are, sharpen them, dedicate them to God, and give them all you've got. Take courage. Nothing you do for God will ever be in vain.
If what you are choosing to do is in harmony with God's will for you, then dream big dreams, work hard, trust God and in time you will reap what you sow—and will be richly rewarded. Know your God-given dreams and keep hope alive. In due time you will be rewarded if you "faint not."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to know my God-given life purpose and dream. Help me to be faithful to this calling and keep hope alive so that I will receive the reward that comes from you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Proverbs 13:12 (TLB)(NLT).