Christian Powell longed to become an attorney. He had set this ambitious goal early in life but was then afflicted by two dreaded diseases: tuberculosis and polio; both of which caused him to be hospitalized for long periods of time and the latter of these paralyzed most of the major muscles in the lower part of his body.
When he was discharged from the hospital at the age of nineteen, there seemed little hope Christian could achieve his goal but he refused to concede defeat. He had a dream and refused to settle for a nightmare.
Spending many hours each day building up his upper body and studying, he kept pressing toward his goal and ten years later walked across a graduation platform to receive his law degree. By this time, he was married and the father of four sons.
Within a few years after receiving his law degree, Christian was the managing partner in a growing law firm, active politically and as a land developer. His political involvement brought him into contact with some people of faith who invited him to visit their church where he became acquainted with their Lord. Christian became a Christian and this opened a whole new area of involvement in helping others.
Why did this one who faced such difficulties in life become so successful?
One of the reasons was his practice of setting high goals and moving toward them.
Success begins in beginning, which adds expectation to life.
A. B. Simpson, a famous minister of the past, wrote: “Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small; our expectations are too limited.”
J. Hudson Taylor, remembered as one of the greatest missionaries of all time, warned against estimating difficulties in the light of our own resources. He wrote that doing so causes us to attempt little and fail in what we attempt, urging us to expect great things because God’s power is available to enable us to succeed.
Any challenge worth taking involves giving every ounce of strength to win.
Author, Gladys Hunt, wrote: “Adventure or creativity—whichever word you like best—always involves risks. It involves a decision; it is purposive; it is an expression of yourself. Usually, it involves others. It stretches you, so that you end up being more than you thought you could be. It adds the special flavor to life that makes you feel that you have a secret with God.”
Life teaches us our limits. There are problems too complicated for us to solve; burdens to heavy for us to bear, work too difficult for us to do, but God can do all things and He can pour strength into us to achieve our goals.
Weakness and fear are troublesome twins.
Let’s reject them, set our goals high and expect the best.
The list is long of those who have overcome difficulties and gone on to great achievements.
Why not you and me?
Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org