Children's Bible Ministry of Connecticut, USA

The Road to Success

PE02320_.WMF (21022 bytes)Did you ever watch a baby learning to walk? Often he falls down more than he stands up. Falling down isn=t so bad though if he gets up and tries again. Sometimes our lives are like thatBsometimes we seem to fail more than we succeed. It is not so bad to fail though, if you get up and keep going. In fact, it is very often the failures that help us to become strong. God takes the troubles and tests, the problems and pressures, the doubts and disappointments to make us what we could never be if life were easy. 1 Peter 1:6-7 says that now, for a little while we might have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that our faith might be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when the Lord Jesus comes.

In 1831 a young businessman, aged 22, failed in business. A year later he was defeated for the legislature. The following year he again failed in business. In 1834 he was elected to the legislature, but the following year his sweetheart died. He had a nervous breakdown a year later. Two years passed and he was defeated for speaker. Two more years and he was defeated for elector. At age 34 heSO00575_.WMF (12742 bytes) was defeated for congress, but he came back to win after two years. Seven years passed by and he was defeated for the Senate. The following year he was defeated as the vice-presidential candidate and two years later he was defeated once more for the Senate. In 1860 he was elected 16th president of the United States of AmericaBAbraham Lincoln.

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A cartoon once pictured a small log cabin at the base of a mountain and the White House at the top. A ladder connected the two buildings. The cartoon read,
Athe ladder is still there!@

No one has a perfect life, but if you will let Him, God will make your disappointments, defeats, and failures stepping stones to success. Just hang onto God.


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