Are you familiar with the story of Abraham Lincoln and all that he went through on his road to the presidency?
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 theend 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 wasbroken.
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 anddid 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 nationalconvention – 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.” He had an unrelenting persistence.
Last week while grilling some burgers, I met a mosquito with the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. That pesky mosquito would not give up. I know that I swatted at him a hundred times! I tried to follow him with my eyes for what seemed like 15 minutes. I pronounced him dead twice to no avail. I either missed him or I witnessed the power of a resurrection! He had an unrelenting persistence. He wouldn’t give up and he wouldn’t quit.
Do you have a similar spirit of Abraham Lincoln and the mosquito I told you about? Do you give up too easily? Do you give about 60% effort and then call it a day?
Even the smallest action can make a difference. If you think you are too small to make a difference, then try spending the night in a room with my mosquito friend. Can you be as persistent…can you be as determined…can you be as relentless as a bug? I think you can!
Dig down deep today and face whatever it is you need to face. After you have fought long and hard and you feel that you have nothing left, remember that you do! You have an unrelenting persistence!