I read a statement made long ago by a fabulously successful pioneer businessman, Theodore Vail. It is said that “Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but Theodore Newton Vail invented the telephone business.” Reading the story will keep you turning pages, in my case all night, and I usually go to bed around 9:30. His story includes enormous risk, iron clad courage and a vision of the way the telephone could play a major part in the continuing development of Western Civilization. He cobbled together the monopoly (AT&T) that built the first transcontinental telephone line and made the first call on that line. One line in all my reading about this man stood out above reams of the written page. See what you think:
“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” Theodore Vail.
Even a glance at the accomplishment of Vail boggles the mind, but when you take apart his achievement piece by piece, you see what you always see in great achievement. Mr. Vail had a fixed focus, courage, the ability to enlist others who are smarter than himself in certain areas and convincing people with money to invest and I suppose a plea for Divine help along the way.
Imaginary difficulties are the culprits that bring about most failures in large undertakings. Imaginary difficulties are more widely known by other names, such as fear of failure, negative phrases such as, “What if.” “It cannot be done, too many mountains and rivers, and have you considered the weather?” Real difficulties become “Imaginary” ones when we see them as larger than they are. We imagine, “Everyone is against me.” Or, “I just know we are going to have another Great Depression.” The list is really as long as the imagination is broad.
Bible believers enjoy a solution to Imaginative problems, one that changes the negative imagination to a positive image of accomplishment. Through Paul’s pen, God wrote,
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Cor 10:4-5.
Satan wants you to “see” failure in your mind, and thus gravitate toward what you “see.” We must learn to trust the Lord and as much as possible trust the Lord Jesus for a positive outcome.
“For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.” 1Co 9:10, partial.
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