There is always another Chance

“This thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down but the staying down,” said Mary Pickford. She confided to her good friends her secret of calm serenity, of rising above every distressing circumstance, of going on with courage and hope, no matter what happened.

“What looks like the end of the road in our personal experience,” she said, “is only the turn in the road, the beginning of a new and more beautiful journey. I have always tried to live by that philosophy, and it has kept me happy.”

Among those good friends was the editor of a national magazine and he persuaded her to write an article for his magazine, expressing her views and beliefs. She was reluctant at first but he convinced her saying that she had no right to withhold her philosophy if it would help even one other person.

So, as she began to think about the article, first of all, she would emphasize her faith in God, and show how faith gave her courage to meet the trials and disappointments of life. She explained how she looked upon unhappy experiences as a turn in the road—an end, but also a beginning. Above all, she would try to make her readers see that life always held a promise, that there was always another chance for everyone, no matter how hopeless things might seem. Then she wrote:

“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down but the staying down.”

The gist of Mary Pickford’s message is this: “You are never beaten unless you give up. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose.

“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success,” said Dorothea Brande.

The Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” And in other places in the Scriptures, “With God, all things are possible.”

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We Must Do The Best We Can With What We Have

The above title was the philosophy lived by Mr. Edward Rowland Sill. Both his parents died when he was young and had poor health that he was prevented from doing many of the things he would have liked. For a long time, he had difficulty finding his proper niche in his life. He did ministry but gave it up when he couldn’t accept narrow dogma. He did newspaper work but found that he was physically and temperamentally unsuited for the job. He finally made teaching his career and he was successful and content…until his poor health forced him to give up.

He believed in doing the best he could with what he had, in whatever condition he found himself. He believed and lived making good, not in making excuses. And in his poem, “Opportunity,” he knew his limitations and accepted them. Here are the words in his poem, let’s learn from him and his belief:

 This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:

There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;

And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged

A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords

Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner

Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes.

A cavern hung along the battle’s edge,

And thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel—

That blue blade that the king’s son bears, — but this

Blunt thing—!” he snapped and flung it from his hand,

And lowering crept away and left the field.

Then came the king’s son, wounded, sore bestead,

And weaponless, and saw the broken sword,

Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand,

And ran and snatched it, and with battle shout

Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down,

And saved a great cause that heroic day.

 Written more than 120 years ago, its message is as timely as ever: Forget your limitations. Make the most of the opportunities and abilities you have and fulfill the promise within you.

 More than 2000 years ago, being the Son of Man, Jesus did a lot of miracles and wonders through the aid of His Father in Heaven, Creator of the heavens and the earth. There was nothing He couldn’t do but was only limited by unbelief of the people He was serving. The Scripture says, “The righteous shall live by faith.” We can become righteous in God’s sight by believing what Jesus had done on the cross for us. Then we can declare like the apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”