There will always be those who will tell you it can’t be done, but throughout history, progress has always come from those who said it could be done.
—Mottos for Success (MFS)
A Bible study on Hebrews 12:1
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which [does] so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).
Have you ever read something and had it get stuck in your head? That happened to me recently with a magazine article titled “Murder of the Impossible.” As soon as my eyes fell on it, I was intrigued. (The word “murder” does have a way of capturing your attention!) I quickly skimmed the text. It told of a man who had climbed most of the highest mountains in the world. In fact, he had dedicated his entire life to his dream of becoming one of the most skilled and accomplished mountain climbers ever. His passion was not without its price, though. Taking on the elements often cost him his health, and on one such occasion frostbite claimed seven of his toes. Undeterred, he continued to search for new ways to defy the impossible.
Life can be a struggle at times. It takes faith and courage and a lot of fight. The trouble with some people is that they stop trying in trying times. They give up mentally and they give up spiritually. But the Bible tells us, “Men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1), and, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
It’s amazing what faith can accomplish, especially if you’ve got not only faith but a lot of gumption and get-up-and-go. You’ve got to put some gumption into it. You’ve got to put some real “umph” into it! It’s been said that triumph is 10% “try” and 90% “umph!” The will is powerful. “The spirit of a man will sustain him … but who can bear a broken spirit?” (Proverbs 18:14).