Basketball great Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve never been afraid to fail _ I think I’m strong enough as a person to accept failing, but I cannot accept not trying.”
There are things you want to see happen in your life: habits you want to break, habits you want to develop _ things you want to accomplish, goals you want to achieve. For some of you, these remain distant dreams _ simply because you’re not willing to take a chance.
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. That is so true. With every decision you make, you risk failure, but you also open the door to the possibility of success and blessing.
Wise King Solomon had this to say about trying, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Proverbs 10:4) Maybe the problem is attitude. Solomon is talking about more than money _ he’s reminding us that we must take action if we want results. I challenge you to think about what you really, really want in life then get after it. But what if things don’t work out the way we thought they would…
Proverbs 24:16 is a great verse that answers that question: “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” A godly person doesn’t let defeat keep him down. He gets back up. How many times _ as many times as it takes.
The sixth game of the 1975 World Series was a 12-inning classic at Boston’s Fenway Park is a great example of that. While there are many memorable moments from that game _ among them Red Sox pinch hitter Bernie Carbo hitting a game-tying home run in the eighth (which by the way was on the next pitch after he made a weak swing at a pitch that had him totally fooled) _ Reds reliever Will McEnaney pitching out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the ninth _ Boston’s Dwight Evans making a spectacular 11th-inning catch to rob Joe Morgan of a go-ahead home run _ in spite of all that what is remembered most is the walk off home run hit in the bottom of the 12th by Carlton Fisk. Fisk’s home run gave the Sox a 7-6 win to send the series to a deciding seventh game, which the “Big Red Machine” won to clinch the first of back-to-back World Series championships.
Why that story? The Red Sox could have given up in that 6th game but they didn’t, and they won the game. The Reds could have been demoralized and given up after losing but they didn’t and won the 7th game and became world champions.
Here is my point: If you want to experience all that God has for you _ if you want to accomplish something great with your life then decide now to try and then try again _ as many times as it takes.