WHAT'S MY LINE?
BY DAVID H. GARRETT
PUBLISHED BY DAVID H. GARRETT AT SMASHWORDS
COPYRIGHT 2011 BY DAVID H. GARRETT
One thing most successful writers say is that a writer writes each and every day. I have always lacked that kind of discipline. I have also lacked the persistence shown by those writers who went through hundreds of rejection slips before being published.
Just before I met my wife, I set myself a deadline: be published by such and such a date or give up. I gave up.
Such deadlines are formulas for failure. Persistence is the key to receiving what God has in store for us. I am not saying you can get anything you want or accomplish anything you can imagine if you persist, but when God puts a calling on your life or points you in a specific direction, you must keep hammering away until you reach your goal.
Over my lifetime, I have had many failures, as well as a few big successes. It seems like most of my “big successes” came easy. There were a few real challenges, but in general, the things I excelled at were the things that came easy to me.
Conversely, it seems like all my failures came because I was ready to quit when the going got tough. I always found an excuse to fail. I believe that was because I was really just looking for one.
I now know that to succeed, I have to be persistent. Galatians 6:9 tells us, “And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” I may fail some of His tests, but I must repent and take them over. I have to stick it out when trials come.