Things Could Be Worse…….Not!
Difficult days always come. We don’t like them, but we know that they are part of life. When we despair is when those days become weeks or months, and nothing changes. Good days are not expected any more. Spirits are despondent. Joy is a distant memory. Failure seems guaranteed.
The record for the shortest major league baseball career probably belongs to a member of the old Brooklyn Dodgers, a pitcher named Harry Hartman. He was a gifted young ballplayer whose day of glory arrived in 1918 when he was called up from the minors to pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This was the moment he’d dreamed about, the beginning of a great career, but his dreams began to fade when his first pitch was hit for a single. The next batter tripled. Rattled, he walked the hit for a single. The next batter tripled. Rattled, he walked the next batter on four straight pitches, and when he did throw a strike to the next hitter, it went for a single. At that point, Hartman had had enough. He headed for the showers, dressed, and walked out of the stadium to a naval recruiting office, where he enlisted. The next day, he was in a military uniform, never to be heard from in professional baseball again. (Copied).
When we feel like quitting, if we will re-focus on what we know to be true about God, faith, and “facts” of what is going on versus emotional evaluations, we discover that the sun is always shining. Clouds may block our view, but the reality of the sun (and the SON) shining unceasingly reminds us that this “season” is not eternal. Our victory is in Christ Jesus. He will never leave. His promises are sure. His power is without limits. Cheer up, things are going to get better! Our LORD promised! For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13).
When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
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.
Life is queer with its twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about When he might have won had he stuck it out;
So, don’t give up, though the pace seems slow – For you may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than It seems to a fain and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.
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 seem worst that you mustn’t quit. (Edgar Guest)