Don't believe everything you hear!
Peter J Daniels:
As a child at school he struggled to read and write. His teacher Miss Phillips told him “…you’ll never amount to anything!” As a sickly child with numerous illnesses he was diagnosed as having “acute dyslexia”. At the age of 14 he left school moving from job to job unsettled and dissatisfied. By 26 he found himself financially pressed, working as an illiterate bricklayer and married with 2 children. At that time he was invited to a Billy Graham crusade – he reluctantly went with his wife. It was then he started his walk with Christ and God gave him the revelation that he was “the son of a king.”
Slowly he began to transform himself. He wanted to provide for his family so got a job as a salesman and began to excel in the company, though still illiterate. He hopelessly tried to read and write but he couldn’t. At 28 he enrolled in a class of 14 and 15 year olds to learn and was laughed at for his lack of comprehension. He would try and read words in the dictionary getting a friend to tell him what the word was, and then ask a second to make sure the first wasn’t lying! Through prayer, desperation, repetition, and sheer willpower things started to stick. He discovered that the mind is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. He then read 1000s of biographies and did personal studies in war, behavioural science, politics, economics, theology, marketing, international affairs and law. Eventually he tried to start his own business and it failed. He tried a second time and that failed. The third attempt…still no success. But on his fourth attempt he ended up building the largest real estate business in Australia. Today he’s a billionaire, the author of at least 7 books, a motivational speaker and is often referred to as an international business statesman. He has received many honours from universities, theological colleges, governments, businesses and humanitarian organisations around the world.
The Wright Brothers:
They thought powered flight was impossible; and skeptics called the Wrights dreamers for even entertaining the idea. Undeterred, the Wrights spent years in study, analyzing the flight of birds and experimenting with model airplanes in their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. After many trials and errors, the Wright brothers finally achieved a controlled flight and opened the door to a new world.
On December 17, 1903, from the dunes near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright made the first manned flight in an engine-powered aircraft. Though the flight only covered 120 feet and lasted just 12 seconds, Orville and his brother Wilbur Wright changed history on that cold and gusty winter day.
Their invention of powered flight made the world community more connected. We have since traveled to the Moon and back, and space shuttles orbit our planet. All of these amazing advances can be traced back to that windy day at Kitty Hawk when the indomitable will of the Wrights persevered to triumph over the supposed impossible.
These are two stories I had to share because these people are just like you and me, but they didn’t let go of hope. They could have, but didn’t hold on to the negative and discouraging remarks that others made of them. Sure they probably battled with doubts and fears like everyone else, but they persevered to overcome them.
Never accept or just believe lies or opinions about you. Whether you realize it or not there’s a battle in the spirit realm for your life. Satan will do all he can to kill your dreams, blind you spiritually and confuse you mentally. Christ on the other hand wants so much for your peace and seeks for you to see that God’s hand is working for you. Never let any past regret, sin, or mistake hold you from your destiny, the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for that purpose. Fight for that which is yours and don’t settle for second best. In your blessing is the blessing of those around you.
God bless and protect
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