GET UP AND KEEP GOING!
Do you know who holds the NFL record for rushing yards in a career? He played for the Dallas Cowboys and carried the ball for 14 seasons in the NFL. Emmitt Smith rushed for 18, 355 yards. You know how he did it? He did it 4.3 yards at a time. Yep, he ran 4.3 yards and was tackled. Over and over again. He did it by getting up and going again.
That’s what I want to encourage all of you to do in life. Just keep getting up and going again. You will have hard days when you get tackled by circumstances. You will have days you stumble and fall and drop the ball. But…just get up and go again.
How many times have we all quit something because we got discouraged? Or somebody criticized us? Or we messed up? Or we were afraid?
TEXT: Gal. 6:9 tells us “Do not be weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you do not quit.”
You see, the Bible teaches us that if don’t quit, we won’t fail.
Consider these facts:
*During its first year, Coca-Cola only sold 400 bottles of coke. Now they are everywhere all over the earth. You could find Coke in some places in the World you couldn’t find water.
*NBA basketballer Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
He didn’t quit. He kept trying and is now considered the greatest player in the history of basketball.
Listen to what Michael Jordan said one time: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan
*Babe Ruth held the record for the most strikeouts. He went on to also hold the record for the most home runs. Why? Because he kept swinging.
BIBLE EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO DID NOT QUIT:
In the life of most any leader, you can think of, there is usually an occasion when it looked like it was over and they were greatly tempted to give up.
-Moses fled from Egypt thinking his life was over, but really it had just begun. He was willing to try again and God sent him back to deliver His people from Pharoah.
-David was not willing to quit even in the face of a giant named Goliath and look what happened.
-Elijah once prayed to die. But after God refreshed him, he got up and went and found his successor and anointed another king.
-Peter thought it was over after he denied Christ. But he was willing to get up and go again and God used him to preach the first sermon at Pentecost.
-Jesus did not stop till he said: “It is finished!”
You can keep getting up and going again too!
Did you know that there was a man who kept trying when others would have quit. Had he given up, our nation would be a much different place today.
Listen to his personal history
Failed in business age 22
Ran for Legislature–defeated age 23
Again failed in business 24
Elected to Legislature 25
sweetheart died 26
Had a nervous breakdown 27
Defeated for Speaker 29
Defeated for Elector 31
Defeated for Congress 34
Elected to Congress 37
Defeated for Congress 39
Defeated for Senate 46
Defeated for Vice President 47
Defeated for Senate 49
Elected President of the United States 51
That’s the record of Abraham Lincoln. What would the USA look like today if Abraham Lincoln had given up early on? He stepped into his destiny by getting up and going again.
If you’re discouraged, I encourage you “Don’t give up!”
Luke 1:37 – For nothing will be impossible with God!
The last thing I’ll tell you is this- “Just be like a postage stamp. Stick in there till you get to where you are going.”