The solution to overcoming this plan for accomplishing nothing in life is clearly expressed by Richard Evans. Note and think about this truth:
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
The wealth of truth in this statement by Richard Evans is incalculable Most people wish to achieve far more than they ever actually do. The wish is often hidden behind the above phrases and men and women find a sense of comfort in knowing that if this or that would change, they would in fact launch out to accomplish a dream, a goal, etc. The trouble is when their ship comes in, if it ever does, they will be at the airport.
One of my lifelong friends recently walked on. (An Indian way of expressing death). When we were kids growing up in a less than an ideal situation he wanted to make a million bucks. A man who had served our country with valor in WWII and lived in a squalid little house, even though he was awarded the Purple Heart, gave my friend good advice. His words to my friend set a poor boy on his way to fortune by telling him to take the little money he was using to buy tickets for the Irish Sweepstakes (The largest lottery of the time, $25,000) and buy penny stocks. He further said “Find out what you would need to know to be able to determine what a good investment looks like.” Well, my friend did that and more. In a neighborhood, dominated by shacks, he grew to manhood and over the years made a good living by simply buying low and selling high. This is not as simple as it sounds. He left several million for his children.
Here’s the point, if God has put a serious desire into your heart, don’t fiddle your life away waiting for the winning ticket. What is it you want to do, to be? More than a few years ago a man came to talk with me about being a pilot. He was going to work on this someday. He had very little money and could never afford an airplane. I pointed out that if he really wanted to become a pilot, he should invest a few dollars in a simple logbook, a flashlight, a circular computer and a Third Class Medical, all of which in those days would cost about $50. He got the idea. Think of the simplest things you are going to need, and get them. This serves as motivation to take the next step and then the following ones as able. He is now a retired airline pilot!
Paul summed this idea up very well in Philippians 3:13, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
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