I Did That Once

When I was little my parents taught me a phrase that has been invaluable to my life. It is possible you have heard it too but it bears repeating. “If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again.”

This one little statement implied that some of my ventures in life were not going to be successful. In light of that reality I had the choice to either give up or try again. This phrase also underlined the importance of perseverance. There is the possibility that some things in life take more than one effort to master. Quite often we need to just get up and dust ourselves off and repeat the process until we can complete the work.

I don’t know if people still use that phrase. I don’t know if people still believe it. I am really beginning to wonder if Church people have thought, “It’s not in the Bible so it must not be true.” I say this because over the last two months I have asked people to get involved in Church, to step out in faith and use their gifts for God and I was great with a blank stare. Then I was told, “Well, I tried that once.”

Every time the person gave me that similar response they acted as if they had just given the decisive argument in the debate. They had said something that I could not argue with and clearly explained their lack of action. Meanwhile in the back of my head all I could hear was “If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again.”

Well, I am here today to tell you that nothing in life worthwhile comes easy. In fact most of the really important things require a great effort. The best things only come after getting up after falling down over and over. Just because you failed once or even twice in trying to accomplish something great does not mean that you will never be able to do it.

Please, I am begging you to try, try again.

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