There’s a legend about a soldier being court-martialed before Alexander the Great. Believing the verdict was unjust, the soldier asked to appeal it. The conqueror informed him that there was no one higher to whom he could plead his case. “In that case,” the soldier replied, “I appeal my case from Alexander the Small, to Alexander the Great.” In each of us there is a lesser self and a greater self struggling for supremacy. Your lesser self says, “Not enough people believe in me. I’ll never make it.” Your greater self says, “My faith in God and in myself is enough; I can make it.” Your lesser self says, “It’s taking too long to realize my dream.” Your greater self says, “Dreams are realized one day at a time.” Your lesser self says, “Enough is enough! I’ve taken too many hits.” Your greater self says, “I’ve come too far to give up now.” Your lesser self says, “I don’t have the strength to hold on to my dream.” Your greater self says, “Hold on a little longer; the darkest hour is just before the dawn.” After speaking about being shipwrecked, stoned, imprisoned, betrayed, hungry, thirsty, sleepless, cold and naked, Paul, who was resolute in his purpose and relentless in the pursuit of it, writes: “Who is weak, and I am not weak” (2Co 11:29 NKJV). Where does that kind of strength and tenacity come from? God! The assignment God gives you will never be greater than the grace He provides. So draw on His strength, keep pressing ahead, pursue your goal and you will prevail.
Published on Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 8:59 AM CDT