Proverbs 4
Soul Keeping

Never Say Die!

Are you feeling a bit discouraged or down? Do you feel like quitting or giving up? We've all been there at one time or another. Today I was searching through some old quotes and came upon this true story. Hopefully, it will encourage you today ... to never say die.

Some people just don't know when to give up. Take this bloke for example, who was the son of a what people thought was a no-hoper. He was poorly educated and his mother died when he was just nine years old. Not the best start in life one might say. 

At age 21 he worked in a grocery store doing odd jobs. A year later he opened his own store but promptly went broke. At 23, he ran for Parliament but lost. At 25 he had another go at business and went broke again. A year after this his fiance died and he suffered a nervous breakdown. Then he decided to become a lawyer and six years later at 29 unsuccessfully ran for Parliament again. He tried again at 24 and failed. And at 37 he failed for the fourth time.

He finally married and had four sons, three of whom died. At the age of 39 he ran for public office again and was defeated again. Some people just don't seem to get it!

At age 46 and 49 he again ran and was again unsuccessful. Three years late at age 52 Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States and one of the best at that.