Get Back Up!

You’re going to fumble, you’re going to drop a pass, you’re going to jump off sides and fail over and over again. Your name may even get blasted out so everyone will know you blew it!

You can go sit on the bench and never return to the game or pick your head up, learn from your mistakes and watch God make you into the person he has called you to be. You will get knocked down but the key is to get back up.

I love the story of Abraham Lincoln. I have countless books about him on my shelves and a picture of him  hanging on my wall.He always found a way to get back up:

1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
1818 His mother died.
1831 Failed in business.
1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
1832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year, he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.
1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.
1843 Ran for Congress – lost.
1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
1854 Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s National Convention – got less than 100 votes.
1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
1860 Elected president of the United States.

The story of Abraham Lincoln is a remarkable one because he never gave up. No matter what came his way, he simply kept pressing on. Despite setbacks and failures, and a trail of adversity, Abraham Lincoln would not quit. He said, “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”

Remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary. Get back up!

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