Summary: Use the story of Jericho to talk about perseverance.
Don’t Stop On Six
In my second year of college,
I had a good friend of mine
who had joined the lightweight crew team.
The crew team was the guys who rowed
those long skinny boats
that look kind of like a cigar with 8 legs.
And my friend talked me into joining the crew team.
Now, I'd never rowed before,
so when I started I was way behind everyone else.
We'd take out 4 or 5 boats each day,
with 8 oarsmen in each,
and I was the guy nobody wanted in their boat,
because I was still trying to learn how to row.
In fact I only had one advantage.
I'd run long distance all through high school,
so I had great endurance and leg muscles.
And crew is all about endurance and leg muscles.
So anyway I stunk at rowing,
but I refused to quit,
and I slowly throughout the fall I started to improve,
And then when the winter came, I really shone,
because we couldn’t do any rowing in the winter,
it was all running and weight training,
and that was my forte,
I'd come in first on all the 10 mile runs.
And then we got to the Spring
and we're back to rowing again,
and I still stunk, but I kept with it,
and slowly, slowly I was improving.
and Spring is the big racing season, for crew,
so we started racing against
Princeton, and Harvard, and Penn,
And I wasn’t in a Varsity boat, no surprise,
because this was my first year rowing,
and I wasn’t near as experienced as the other guys.
But I kept with it, I persevered.
And then came the breakthrough.
The number 2 varsity boat had a guy in it,
that was way better at rowing than me,
he was a junior with lots more experience,
but he didn’t have near the endurance I did,
I'd come in first on all the runs and he came in last,
and the coach decided
that boat needed somebody who would be strong
at the end of the race,
and still have endurance left,
and so he took that guy out of the boat,
and put me in for the last few races of the season,
and I ended up being one of the first sophomores at the Naval Academy to earn a varsity letter,
in the very first year I ever rowed.
I was shocked,
everybody else was even more shocked,
my friend who talked me into joining the team was even more shocked,
because he didn’t make it into a varsity boat.
But that was one more lesson for my life…
If you persevere
even when its not going very well,
even when you're working hard and its not happening,
if you persevere,
you may attain more than you ever expected.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Notice, you need to persevere
So you will receive what he has promised.
Did you know that God can make you a promise,
that you will never possess,
if you don’t learn how to persevere.
When I was in the Navy, we had a saying called the 7 p's.
Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
You might say, Ken that's only 6 p's.
There was a 7th one in the middle that I edited out because we're in church.
But anyway, I thought of the 7 p's
when I was writing this message,
because there's 3 p's right here.
God can make you a promise,