The Value Of Commitment

There once was a jockey who lost his first race and felt humiliated. But he did not give up. In fact, he lost his next 250 races before he enjoyed his first victory. His name? Eddie Arcaro and he became one of the most famous jockeys of his day. 

There once was a baseball player who struck out 1,330 times. But he is not remembered for striking out. He is remembered for being one of the greatest home run hitters of all time. His name? Babe Ruth, a true legend in the history of “the game.” 

There once was a man who failed 99 times while doing the same experiment before it turned out right. But he is not remembered for his failures. Thomas Edison is remembered for being one of the world’s greatest inventors. He is credited with 1,093 patents and his famous “trial and error” or “Edisonian Approach” to research: work until “you get the results you are seeking.” 

Failure need not be fatal. It can be an essential part of our learning process and lead us to ultimately discover the plan that God has in store for each of us. 

There was a man who abandoned his Lord. He often spoke without thinking, was brash and impulsive, turned his back on Jesus at His trial, and denied Him three times. Yet, he became the recognized leader among the disciples, was one of the “inner three,” a remarkable preacher and writer, and became one of the greatest voices of the Gospel Message. His name? Peter!  

Prayer:  We are grateful, Lord, that You will not give up on us as long as we stay close to You and seek Your will for our lives. May we always do our best for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not trust in your own understanding. Agree with Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:1-6 

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