Thought: There is no place where success comes before hard work except in the dictionary.
In 1972, Cathy Rigby was determined to win a gold medal at the Olympic games in Munich. She had trained very hard for many years and did not want to disappoint herself or the United States Gymnastics team. As she began her grueling regimen of performing under Olympic pressure, she prayed for the strength and control to get through her routines without making mistakes. She performed well but did not win. Cathy was crushed by the defeat. When she later joined her parents in the stands, she burst into tears and said, "I'm sorry, I did my best." Her mother gave her these wise words of consolation, "You know that, and I know that, and I'm sure God knows that too. DOING YOUR BEST IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING THE BEST." Doing our best for the Master is all that Jesus has asked. We won't always be the best, but we can always try to do our best.
I often tell parents that it isn't the student that makes the “A's” with no effort that counts, but the “C” student who works hard and does the best that counts!! There is something to be said for a 100% effort.
What to do:
✞ Remember, success is sweet, but usually it has the scent of sweat about it.
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