“JUST KEEP ON TRYING”  
 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)
       One of the greatest presidents in American history seemed destined for a life of failure. He ran for Congress several times only to be defeated. His other political ambitions seemed to never bear any fruit. He ran for the Senate and was finally elected. Several years later, after he was recognized as a very gifted politician, he was urged to run for his party’s nomination and was selected. His presidential campaign was not popular, but logical and necessary. He was criticized for his speeches’ content, taunted for his homely appearance and threatened because of his slavery policies. Yet, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States, in spite of the fact that he had the reputation of a loser. He is a classic example of a man who, with the Lord strengthening him, just kept on trying, and reaped the benefits.
       I suppose we all have ambitions of some kind. Certainly, there are things each of us would like to accomplish. The basic problem is many folks will quit if success doesn’t come quickly. Rather than just “keep on trying,” they resort to another direction or a different venue altogether. I don’t believe it is possible to enjoy the sweetness of success unless you have tasted the bitterness of failure. I also believe that failure reveals your character, i.e. “what you are made of.” But then, success reveals your integrity, i.e. “how you handle success.” We must understand also that if we want to accomplish something bad enough we must demonstrate the unquenchable desire and determination to “just keep on trying.” If we quit every time we fail, not much in our lives would ever be accomplished. How many times did you fall before you learned to walk—without falling? I believe that you understand my reasoning here. “. . .Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” The sweetness of success is worth the effort.
       A dear brother in our church had a desire to secure something so that he might more effectively serve the Lord within the ministry of the local church. This meant multiple hours of study and preparation if he was to pass a series of tests that would qualify him to drive our church bus. Success didn't come easy, as a matter of fact, it was extremely difficult. He experienced the bitterness of failure several times, but he didn’t quit, he just kept on trying until he was able to taste the sweetness of success. You see, this man, Brother Otis Holland, saw the value of what he was trying to accomplish. He would not quit—anyone can do that—his determination caused him to reap. There is no way of telling just how many lives will be impacted by his burning desire to succeed. I believe that we will see fruit because of his labor.
       Perhaps there are some who are reading this devotion and yet you feel like quitting. DON’T! Remember, “Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.” Just keep on trying; you won’t be sorry!
                            Pastor H. Preston Parker