You may have gone through a lot of difficulties in the past. Maybe the past has been a bitter disappointment to you. In thinking of your life, it may feel that you have been a failure, or at best you have been struggling to get along. You may not have succeeded in some of the things you set out to do; you may have lost money in the businesses you ventured into; you may have lost friends and family members dear to you. You may have lost your business or your job, and even your home may have been lost to your creditors, or because of sickness or some other travails. Maybe a serious accident may have robbed you of your energies.
But in spite of any or all of these challenges and misfortunes, if you refuse to be defeated by them, you will come out victorious in the end. Because it has been proven that just because a person falls doesn’t mean he is defeated. One is only defeated if he doesn’t get back up after the fall. There are some of us who get along beautifully well when things are smooth. – While we are accumulating wealth, acquiring properties, gaining friends and recognition, our character seem to be strong and our lives well balanced. But the moment trouble comes; a business or job loss, or a crisis in which we lose everything we own, we lose courage, faith, hope, we become overwhelmed, and afraid and too powerless to even try again. We lose our lives along with the material things we lost. The real strength of person is found when we still have something left in us, even after losing everything we own; if we refuse to give up or to lose faith in God and in our ability to regain all we’ve lost.
You may be reading this and be saying to yourself, this isn’t for me, I have failed too often, there is no use of trying, or you are thinking that it is impossible for you to succeed, since you have fallen too often to even attempt to get back up and try again. But I tell you, this isn’t true, there are thousands of people in this world who have lost everything they had in the world, some have even lost parts of their bodies, yet they are so far from failure, because of their undefeatable spirit, their strong faith.
You may lose everything – all your possessions, but never lose your faith in God, your courage, your character, your self-respect, your self confidence.