– Jack Hyles
What Doesn’t Work
Thomas Edison would never have invented the light bulb if he gave up after 300 tries, or 500 tries, or a thousand! It was what didn’t work which led to what did work for Edison. He didn’t give up. He found out by trial and error (most error), how to make the lightbulb that has been relatively unchanged for a century. Edison’s trip down the road of failure was the same road that led him to success.
Blood, Sweat, & Tears
Most people can pour their life into something and yet see no tangible or visible results, but it may be that just down the road that it all smooths out a little. The bumpy ride you’re having today may be easier once you’re down the road a ways. Nothing worthwhile comes easily and it may take blood, sweat, and tears to endure the road of failure which ultimately leads to the road of success. The only time you’re really defeated is when you stop moving.
We can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5), but with Christ, Who will strengthen us, we can do all things (Phil 4:13). That’s why the Apostle Paul could say, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Phil 4:12), so stay on the road, even if it’s failing. Keep going and keep trying to find the road to success. It’s going to require us to be content with the ride, but it’s not so much the journey as it is the destination.
The Finish Line
We are all pilgrims or wanderers in this life because we’re citizens of the kingdom, so we should “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” (Phil 3:14), because “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it” (1st Cor 9:24)? Paul says, it’s “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (Phil 3:12). How about you? Are you pressing forward? Are you not looking backward? If you are, you might miss the turn that leads to success.
You may not be where you want to be, but at least you’re not where you used to be (Eph 2:1-2). Every one of us will make mistakes, but we’ll learn from them; concede the fact that it’s not going to be easy; understand that you can’t do it without Christ; and fix your eyes on Jesus Who is waiting for you at the finish line.