Summary: The purpose of this sermon was to motivate people to endure and persist whatever the obstacle they might be facing.
January 27, 2002 Heb. 11:27,28
¡§It keeps going¡Kand going¡Kand going¡K¡¨
Have you ever felt like quitting? Last Sunday, I watched more football than I have seen probably since I was in high school. After we got home from church, I turned on the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers. The score was already heavily in favor of the Rams, but there was still time enough for the Packers to pull it out if everything went right. But everything went wrong. The quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre, threw six interceptions last week. I¡¦m sure he felt like quitting. It got to the point in the game that there was no way that they could have won. And there were still 7 minutes left on the clock. That must have been the most agonizing 7 minutes in that quarterback¡¦s life. He didn¡¦t want to throw anymore. He didn¡¦t want to be in the spotlight anymore. He wanted them to put in the back-up quarterback. But he continued to play. And he continued to throw. And they lost. But next year, he will start again, because he endured ¡V he persisted ¡V he persevered.
Great or successful people have always been people who refused to give up. Dolly Parton, though she may not be considered great is certainly successful. When asked why she had succeeded from such a humbles background, she said this: ¡§I never stopped trying, and I never tried stopping.¡¨ Others who later became great were cast off as failures before they ever were given a real chance. FRED ASTAIRE ¡V a memo circulated after his first screen test for MGM in 1933 ¡V ¡§Can¡¦t act !, slightly bald !, can dance a little¡¨
WALT DISNEY ¡V was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. He also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
ALBERT EINSTEIN ¡V didn¡¦t speak until he was 4, didn¡¦t write until he was 7. His teacher described him as ¡§mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in foolish dreams¡¨. F.W.WOOLWORTH ¡V his employers at the dry goods store said he had not enough sense to wait upon customers.
WINSTON CHURCHILL ¡V failed at junior school. Did not become PM until he was 62 after a lifetime of defeats and set backs. His greatest contributions came when he was a ¡¥senior citizen¡¦. ¡§Persistent people know they can succeed where smarter and more talented people fail¡KSuccessful people understand that no one makes it to the top in a single bound. What truly sets them apart is their willingness to keep putting one step in front of the other ¡V no matter how rough the terrain.¡¨ ¡V Suzanne Chazin, ¡§The ultimate key to success,¡¨ Reader¡¦s Digest, April 1992, 21-26 Each of the people I just mentioned refused to give up. Each one endured. And each one made a definite impact on the world of today.
This morning, we¡¦re going to continue to look at people of faith, specifically Moses. In his life, I want us to see that faith will produce endurance that can enable us to keep on going in spite of the obstacles that threaten to hold us back.
Endure - to hold up under (pain, fatigue, etc.) stand; bear; undergo / to put up with; tolerate / to continue in existence; last; remain / to bear pain etc. without flinching.