“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas A. Edison
Good morning, friends; I come with hat in hand. I’m begging for your grace and mercy. Yesterday was a frightful Monday and my schedule suffered the most. I hope the encouraging word that comes to you today speaks to today’s need and helps you as I pray it does.
One question I’ve been asked in nearly every interview in my life addresses strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps you’ve had such questions asked of you. “What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness?” Having heard the question so many times, and learned the absurdity of it, I have learned to nuance my answer to more helpful expressions.
Any honest set of answers to weakness should reflect Edison’s thought, that we are prone to give up. Why? It is the easier path. It requires little or nothing of us. It ends the risk of failure. Just quit and be done with it all, we think and act.
Yet if we view success as a road to be traveled every attempt, even those attempts that fail, is a step towards success. Who knows if the very next effort, or the attempt after that one, will be the one that is the tipping point to success? No one knows; the only thing of which we can be sure is that we deny ourselves the joy and blessings of success when we surrender to our darkest weakness, quitting.
What success do you seek in this last month of the year? Are you still struggling with a New Year’s resolution from earlier in the year? Has quitting in small ways become so normal that your will is easily defeated? Begin small and encourage yourself to keep at some goal until you succeed. Experience the blessing of sustained effort, and then apply it to a bigger goal. Soon enough you can say your greatest strength is to never, ever quit! And for you I will not quit praying! Have a blessed week.