In years gone by it was common for youths to learn from the truth Robert the Bruce learned from a spider while hiding in a cave. Here’s a brief:
“According to a legend, at some point while he was on the run during the winter of 1306–07, Bruce hid in a cave on Rathlin Island off the north coast of Ireland, where he observed a spider spinning a web, trying to make a connection from one area of the cave's roof to another. It tried and failed twice, but began again and succeeded on the third attempt. Inspired by this, Bruce returned to inflict a series of defeats on the English, thus winning him more supporters and eventual victory. The story serves to illustrate the maxim: "if at first you don't succeed, try try try again." Other versions have Bruce in a small house watching the spider try to make its connection between two roof beams. ”
Our generation seems to carry the mark, that one failure is enough to quit and move on to yet another failure. Empires, careers and a productive life are built around Bruce’s concept, try, try, try again. This formula is also essential in bringing marriage to full bloom. It also is essential to the growing of a church. Modern times have developed the saying to this: “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.” Here’s another one, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” One of the most successful men of the era just behind said it this way:
“Every time a man makes a new experiment, he always learns more. He cannot learn less.”
R. Buckminster Fuller.
Most attribute the following to our Suffering Savior:
Isa 50:6 “I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
7 "For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.”
Learn to follow Jesus with your face set like a flint, (determined) and proceed toward God’s will despite set-backs.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
Bruce like IT work. Oral Deckard