Psalm 28:7 (NIV)
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
It is well said: "Strength and courage aren't always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles we overcome. The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose."
A story is told that Andrew Jackson's boyhood friends just couldn't understand how he became a famous general and then the President of the United States. They knew of others who had greater talent but who never succeeded. One of Jackson's friends commented, "Why, Jim Brown, who lived right down the pike from Jackson, was not only smarter but he could throw Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now."
Another friend responded, "How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn't they usually say three times and out?"
"Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat -- he would never stay 'throwed.' Jim Brown would get tired, and on the fourth try Andrew Jackson would throw him and be the winner."
Andrew Jackson just wouldn't stay 'throwed'! And that determination served him well for many years.
Life will knock us off our feet again and again. You've been there and so have I. But some people just won't stay 'throwed.' They get up again, dust themselves off and go for it one more time. These are people of courage. They are also people of faith and hope.
Maybe you have been knocked off your feet. Will you stay 'throwed,' or will you rise and give it your best one more time?
Dear Lord, give us the strength and ambition to keep trying even when we fail. Thank You for the strength that You give us if we only ask. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.