by Jeff Strite

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The Power of Design (2 of 8)
Series: Getting There
Jeff Strite
Psalm 139:1-24

OPEN: In Robert Wise's book "Your Churning Place" he tells a story about Burt Lancaster - a famous movie Star who made almost 100 movies between 1939 and 1989. But before he began working in the movies Burt Lancaster was a circus performer - a job he was fortunate to land, 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 10 feet below. He was so humiliated that he immediately leaped back on the bar. As he spun again in the same point, he flipped off and smashed to the ground once more. His tights were torn. He was cut and bleeding, and he was fiercely upset. He leaped back on the bars again, but the 3rd time was even worse because this time he fell on his back.
The agent came over, picked him up, and said "Son, if you promise not to do that again, you've got the job!"

APPLY: Burt Lancaster was frustrated.
He just knew he could do the job, but every time he tried he failed.
A lesser man would have given up. But Lancaster was so convinced of his own abilities that he kept at it even when he fell down repeatedly.

Many of the great men and women of the past have approached life in this same fashion.
Henry Ford was broke at age 40, and yet he created the first automobile empire.
Albert Einstein flunked in math and yet he devised some of the most powerful math equations.
One of Great Britain's greatest admirals - Horatio Nelson - suffered from seasickness.
Helen Keller could not hear nor see - graduated with honors from a famous college.
Abraham Lincoln was well known throughout his life for his failures in business and life and yet he is remembered as one of the greatest presidents of our nation.

These people overcame difficulties because they were convinced they had purpose and value ...

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