By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries
A failure is
not someone who fails but someone who quits. Everyone fails from time to time.
Did you ride the bicycle the first time you tried? Failure is not final.
Success is not determined by what it takes to start you but to stop you. I have
never seen a happy quitter. Even when you are weary, just keep going. “And let
us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint
not” (Galatians 6:9).
said, “I have learned that if I fall seven times, but get up eight I will not
fail.” Some examples of people who failed but did not quit: Beethoven’s music teacher
called him hopeless. Later he became deaf and could not hear his own music but
he did not quit. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he lacked
for ideas. Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. Albert Einstein did not
speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His
teachers described him as “mentally slow.” He struggled with dyslexia. Isaac
Newton was considered “poor student” in elementary school. Caruso’s music
teacher told him he didn’t have any voice.
Alcott’s editor told her that her writings would never appeal to anyone. Max
Lucado was rejected 14 times before his first book was finally printed. F.W.
Woolworth’s was told that he had not enough sense to wait upon customers. Henry
Ford went broke five times before he finally succeeded.
tried to enlist in the Marines, the Navy and the Army, but was turned down for
being underweight and underage (5 feet 5.5 inches and weighed 112 pounds). He
was finally accepted in the Army as an infantry soldier. He became one of the
most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He was
awarded every U.S. military award for valor available from the U.S. Army, and
was also decorated by France and Belgium. He was presented the Medal of Honor
for his defensive actions against German troops on January 26, 1945 in France.
He stood alone on a burning tank firing a machine gun at attacking Germans.
Wounded and out of ammunition, he climbed off the tank, and led his men on a
successful counter assault.
Babe Ruth was
famous for hitting home runs, but he also holds the record for 1,330
strikeouts, Abraham Lincoln was born in poverty, he lost eight elections, twice
failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown but in 1860, he was elected
President of the United States. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. After a
lifetime of defeats, at 62, he became Prime Minister of England. Once, he returned
to his academy to speak to a group of young cadets. He said only these words,
“Young men, never quit, never, never.” He walked away to a standing ovation.
Today, I say to
you, “Christian, never quit... Never... Never!” Consider what would have
happened if these people had quit because they once failed. It is amazing how
God can do extraordinary things with ordinary people who just will not quit.
Remember, God has promised that you will reap if you faint not.
These Are Words
Ted Camp is director of Silent Word
Ministries, a worldwide ministry to the deaf based in Trenton. E-mail him at
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