Keep On Trying

Keep On Trying

Does God ever get discouraged? What do you think? Even if this seems a strange question, it's at least worth thinking about.

For, if I were God, I think I'd be very discouraged. Apparently he is very patient, though. God has been making human beings for thousands of years. Many thousands, for scientists are discovering the remains of civilizations and primitive human beings more than a hundred thousand years old.

And everyone of these human beings, for all these thousands of years, has disobeyed God in some way, just like we do today.

Adam and Eve did. David did. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, broke God's laws too. Only Jesus Christ was perfect. So, you'd think God would give up and quit. But he doesn't. Of all the people living on this planet we call Earth, not one is perfect. No, not a single one obeys God in every way.

Still, our heavenly Father goes on creating new human beings. This takes patience of the highest kind.

Great people are patient too. They work hard at their jobs, striving to do their best. That's why most of them are great. Don Hutson, for example, was the greatest pass receiver the football game has ever seen. He played with the University of Alabama and then for years with the Green Bay Packers. He could snatch a pass from any angle—right side, left side, over­head, or any style you please.

Sure, Don Hutson was a natural-born athlete. He was good to start with. But that's not why he was the greatest pass catcher ever seen. Listen to his story, his secret: "For every pass I caught in a game I had practiced catching a thousand!"

Imagine that! A thousand practice catches for every good one completed in a game.

Thomas Alva Edison, America's greatest inventor, was a very patient man too. He invented the phonograph, the electric power system we use today, the motion picture, and the electric-light bulb. Edison failed five thousand times in trying to find just the right filament to use in the light bulb. Five thousand failures. Then success. Five thousand discouragements. Then, the light bulb.

Most of us get discouraged and quit a task after five or six trials. That's why many of us fail in even small tasks.

In your arithmetic, your sports, your music lessons, your Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, your reading assignments, your chores at home—you usually do well only if you keep trying.

Remember God's great patience with us. Remember Don Hutson's thousand practice catches to every one on the field. Remember Thomas Edison's five thousand failures before he invented the electric light bulb. And keep trying at whatever you're wanting to do well.

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