“The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty”- In previous stories I have mentioned visions, dreams, journeys, and purpose. Throughout life I came across stumbling blocks and decided to sit and wait until it was a good time to get back up and keep running. We all start the race full speed, so much drive and expectations but once life begin to turn it’s back from you, rejection after another, we begin to lose confidence so we become tired, and slowly we move toward the finish line.
We realize that others whom started the race with us has now passed us by and now here comes discouragement because someone else has the opportunity of now making it the finish line first. At this point in the race, we begin to push, pumping harder and harder to make it; sweat pouring the intense desire in your eyes, deep breaths from your lips while our hearts are rapidly pacing. Thinking to ourselves, I can do it, I can do it, but… You continue to see others pass by, and at that moment you have lost all hope. I want to tell you about Abraham Lincoln, and as I read his story I begin to visualize myself at the starting line and where I am today.
1816- Abraham Lincoln’s family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
1818- His mother died.
1831- Failed in business
1832- Ran for state legislature- lost
1832- Lost his job- wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833- Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year, he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off debt.
1834- Ran for state legislature again- won
1835- Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
1836- Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for 6 months.
1838- Sought to become speaker of state legislature- defeated
1840- Sought to become elector- defeated
1843- Ran for Congress- lost
1846- Ran for congress again- this time he won
1848- Ran for re-election to congress- lost
1849- Sought the job of land officer in his home state- rejected
1854- Ran for senate of the united states- lost
1856- Sought the vice-presidential nomination at his party’s national convention- got less than 100 votes.
1858- Ran for US senate again- he lost
1860- Elected president of the United States.
Now when you look at Abraham Lincoln’s time-line, you will see he lost, he was rejected more times than he won. Guess what? He kept going, rejection after rejection, all of the debt he owed, deaths of loved ones, the dream to have a business and failed twice, the desire to go to law school, and he was not accepted, but yet he made it to be president. How can you start off with nothing, poor, broke, busted, and disgusted and make it to the top? Strong minds, (positive thinking) Hope, Faith, Vision, Integrity, Perseverance,
Abraham Lincoln had some obstacles thrown, and most of us would have given up at the point of your family losing everything they had and only YOU were the support. The load on his back at the beginning of his race, but he kept his eyes on the finish line. He didn’t fall when people turned their backs, he didn’t fall when people criticized, he didn’t fall because he gave his all to receive nothing; He was persistent and continued to strive and work even harder for his dream.
At the middle marker in his track of life; what he dreamed of, what he had envisioned for himself turned out to be greater than his expectations. He wanted a BUSINESS! Turned down twice to only see that it wasn’t his purpose in life. God made him a leader! The leader of his family, the bread winner, the air for everyone around him. God showed him at the beginning of his race that he was a front liner, he will win the gold medal because in all doing, he had Faith that he would make it to his destiny. He went a step higher taking a leap of faith and still rejected, but he continued the race, and by the grace of GOD he didn’t fall, he didn’t look back, he didn’t look to the side just to see what was going on around him, he didn’t look to see who was passing him by, he didn’t stop at a rest area because he was tired of trying. HE KEPT GOING AND MADE IT TO THE FINISH LINE.
What ever you have dreamed for your life, what ever your vision may be, continue the race. Your road may become a little rocky, but kick those rocks don’t worry about dusting off you will have bigger rocks to kick on the way, but pick up the pace and keep moving. Our destiny is in our hands, what ever we put forth will determine our reward at the finish line.
The path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way but I recovered and said to myself ” It’s a slip and not a fall. Abraham Lincoln- After losing a senate race