by Steve Wagers

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There's No Need to Frown, God Gave Him a Crown (6 of 6)
Series: Journey through Haggai
Steve Wagers
Haggai 2:20-23


Shortly before becoming a screen star, young Burt Lancaster was a circus performer, a job he was quite fortunate to have, considering his less than flawless audition. He was asked to perform on the parallel bars, so he leaped on the bars and began his routine. Because he was nervous, his timing was off, and he spun over the bar, falling flat on his face some ten feet below. He was humiliated that he immediately leaped back on the bar. As he spun again at the same point, he flipped off and smashed to the ground once more.

His tights were completely torn, his hands, and legs were cut, and bleeding, and he was extremely upset. He got back up; leaped again on the bars, but the third time was even worse for this time he fell on his back. The agent came over, picked him up, and looked at young Burt, and said, "Son, if you won't do that again, you've got the job!" 1

I think of what former President Woodrow Wilson once said, "I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail!" 2 Possibly one of the most humiliating things that happens to us, in this life, is to suffer failure. The fact of the matter is that not one of us has a desire to fail, but a desire to succeed in everything that we embark to do. Whether it be in the realm of the physical, material, or financial matters, everyone one of us, because of an innate desire, have a desire to be a great success. However, if this is true, then it ought to be especially true in regards to spiritual matters. I don't know about you, but I don't want to a failure as a Christian; but I want to be the very best for God, and to God that I can possibly be.

As I consider this the thing that amazes me is that there is not a one of us that are deserving of being used of God, by God, and for God. There is not one ...

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