Success through Failure?

The website, School for Champions, offered this information on Abraham Lincoln:

List of Lincoln’s failures

“A common list of the failures of Abraham Lincoln (along with a few successes) is:

  • 1831 – Lost his job

  • 1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature

  • 1833 – Failed in business

  • 1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)

  • 1835 – Sweetheart died

  • 1836 – Had nervous breakdown

  • 1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker

  • 1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress

  • 1846 – Elected to Congress (success)

  • 1848 – Lost re-nomination

  • 1849 – Rejected for land officer position

  • 1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate

  • 1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President

  • 1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate

  • 1860 – Elected President (success)

That looks like a pretty glum résumé, making you wonder how he ever made it to the top. But when you really think of it, to run for office or high positions so many times, you have to have something on the ball and have more successes than meet the eye.”

Few history books mention Lincoln’s faith in God as a way for him to persevere through all this failing but I found a quote from Lincoln himself about his faith and I want you to focus on it today.

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.  My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.

 -Abraham Lincoln

Being famous in our history, seems to put people in the light of their success.  This makes it hard for the common man to think of success as something attainable.  Lincoln’s failures made him who he is because they forced him to focus on God and his inability to do things independent of Him.  Every time you fail, stop and ask God for help.  God is the reason for all successes in life no matter who you are !  Success comes through failure. . . .


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