There’s no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you thought you’d never make.
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear.
Topics: Preaching, Evangelism
Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself, my lad.
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say: I can.
You are the person who has to decide
Whether you’ll do it, or toss it aside.
You are the person who makes up your mind
Whether you’ll lead, or linger behind.
Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s far
Or just be contented to stay as you are.
Take it or leave it, here’s something to do,
Just think it all over – it’s all up to you.
Topics: Choices, Choice
Be this his praise, if praise be needed, as a father he succeeded.
You ought to be true for the sake of the folks who think you are true. You never should stoop to a deed that your folks think you would not do. If you are false to yourself, be the blemish but small, you have injured your folks; you have been false to them all.
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That maybe it couldn’t, but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Topics: Attitude, Confidence, Success
Do Not Quit
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit…
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit…
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.
Topics: Difficulty, Obstacles, Determination
The timid and fearful first failures dismay,
but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day.
He values his failures as lessons that teach
The one way to get to the goal he would reach.
Topics: Failure, Goals
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