June 11, 2007

A few little words made all the difference...

Preacher's Wife and I had been eeking out a living for the first three years of Bible College. Things had been tough for some time and I was exhausted and discouraged. I decided that I'd had all that I could stand and would stop by the administration office after school that day and check out. I knew it would be right for me to get a full-time job and support my family the way they needed and deserved to be supported. We had a guest speaker during chapel that day and, to be quite honest, I don't remember anything he said with the exception of these few words. Somewhere close to the end of his message he clapped his hands and said, "Listen to me! If you don't hear anything else I say, hear this." He proceeded with these words, "You don't determine a man's greatness by fame or fortune as the world does, but by the amount of discouragement he can withstand and remain standing." His words were like a sharp dagger in my heart. At that moment I decided to do whatever it took to finish school and become a success on the basis of what God called success. Those few words changed my life's direction and my family's future provision. I am reminded that if we are not careful, we will allow the messenger of good news to keep us from receiving the good news. You see, I had some issues with this man in certain areas but I refused to allow them to keep me from receiving his life-changing words. Today I remembered and thanked God for Dr. Jerry Falwell.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those words are healing. Every young leader should hear them and press on.