Biography of a failure
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Most of us, I’m sure, get a little discouraged at times. Many times, I’ve felt like giving up. Life sometimes seems unfair, and we feel alone and hopeless. We question whether we have a purpose in life.
Several years ago, I read the following in a newsletter published by the University of Alabama’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN – BIOGRAPHY OF A FAILURE
- Difficult childhood.
- Less than one year of formal schooling.
- Failed in business in 1831.
- Defeated for legislature, ’32.
- Again failed in business, ’33.
- Elected to legislature, ’34.
- Fiancee died, ’35.
- Defeated for Speaker, ’38.
- Defeated for Elector, ’40.
- Married, wife a burden, ’42.
- Only one of his four sons lived past age 18.
- Defeated for Congress, ’43.
- Elected to Congress, ’46.
- Defeated for Congress, 48.
- Defeated for Senate, ’55.
- Defeated for Vice-President, ’56.
- Defeated for Senate, ’58.
- Elected for President, ’60.
When former President Bush appealed to the country to join in a national day of prayer, he invoked the memory of Abraham Lincoln, who in the Civil War “turned to prayer, saying: “I’ve been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to go.”
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