Twice General McArthur was refused admission to West Point, but the third time he was accepted, and marched into the history books. Rudyard Kipling received a rejection letter from the San Francisco Examiner saying, "Sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English Language." After a lifetime of defeats, at 62, Winston Churchhill became one of Britain's greatest Prime Ministers. Enrico Caruso's music teacher told him he had "no voice at all and couldn't sing." Einstein's schoolteachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift in his foolish dreams." By age 46, Beethoven was completely deaf, yet he wrote 5 of his greatest symphonies without hearing a note.
Purpose to overcome the difficulties. Sometimes it seems you conquer one mountain, then before you know it you're faced with the next - a bigger one. Remember Peter who denied his Lord in a moment of weakness, and Jonah who ran from the call of God because he was afraid? In every story of victory there are chapters of defeat, but by God's grace you can overcome! The Bible says in 1 John 4:4 "Ye are of God little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." Hudson Taylor said, "Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, thus they attempt very little and they always fail. The real giants have all been weak peopl who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and His Presence to be with them." Bottom line: don't worry about failing, worry about what you're going to tell God if you don't even try!
" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer