I heard this great story about a wilderness scout named Bernie. Bernie was sharing about all the different experiences he had on trips with people who got lost. He said it was not because they didn’t have a map or did not understand a compass. It was not because they were “city folks” or new to the wilderness. It wasn’t even that they did not understand the terrain. He said it was a really simple reason. Bernie said, “it’s because they didn’t go ‘fer enuf’.” “I tell them to go five miles and they only go about three fourths of a mile and start turning left and right and all over the place.”
The problem with most people is that they give up too easily and don’t go far enough. It certainly takes courage to begin something but it takes determination and persistence to continue something. Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” How true is that? Now, I’m not saying that it’s easy but there are too many people who lay down too quickly. The first sign of trouble or opposition and they are ready to quit.
One of my all time heroes who is in heaven now was Dr. Jerry Falwell. He used to say, “one of the true tests of character in a person’s life is to find out how much it takes to discourage you.” He was saying, don’t give up, keep pressing on.
I don’t know what is happening in your life right now or what problem or situation you are facing or what dream you are dreaming. Don’t lay down, don’t give in and don’t give up. Keep on course and don’t swerve to the left or right. Make sure that Bernie wouldn’t be able to say of you, “it’s cause he/she didn’t go fer enuf.”