“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Theodore Geisel seemed anything but headed for greatness. When his Boy Scout troop sold a record number of war bonds, President Theodore Roosevelt came to present to each scout a medal. As each boys name was read and his accomplishments praised, the president pinned a medal on the boy’s chest. Finally,Theodore Geisel was left standing alone. President Roosevelt searched the name list and then said, Why is this boy standing here? Theodore’s name had accidently been left off the list. The boy never forgot his humiliation in front of the President of the United States.
Early on he had a passion for sketching cartoons. His high school art teacher predicted, “You will never learn to draw.” His fraternity at Dartmouth College elected him, “Least likely to succeed.” He transferred to Oxford University and soon dropped out, but not before meeting and marrying a PHD candidate named Helen Palmer who encouraged him and saw great promise in his funny cartoon animals.
Theodore’s first job as a cartoonist was for a magazine that was so near collapsing that he was occasionally paid in cases of shaving cream and soft drinks. Sailing home from Europe, Theodore made up rhymes to the beat of the ship’s engines and wove the verses into a children’s book entitled, “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry street.”
Twenty seven publishers turned down his manuscript. They said that the story was silly and the rhymes nonsensical. Finally in 1937 a publisher took a chance and Dr. Seuss; the world’s most successful children’s author was born. His 48 books have sold over 200 million copies in twenty languages, earning his hundreds of awards and a Pulitzer Prize.
Most of life’s failures come not because we are defeated but because we quit too soon.
I have a name plaque on my desk that Dr. Paul Vanaman gave me in 1982. I put a sticker on the back of it and it is there till this day. Two words are on the sticker, Don’t Quit! That has been a reminder for me for 37 years and counting.
Am I a world reknown figure? No! But I have never quit what God called me to do. Am I a success by the world’s standards? No! But I have never quit!
I have fought a good fight and I am finishing my course.
At FallsCreek we will help you do the same.
Check us out this Sunday, we will change the way you think about church.