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If at First You Don’t Succeed. . .

Climbing and Reaching the GoalWe have heard this saying since we were small children, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”  In fact this saying was popularized by William Edward Hickson, a philanthropist, who focused on elementary education in British, Dutch and German schools.  According to the Oxford’s Dictionary of Quotations, the full “proverb” is:

‘Tis a lesson you should heed:

Try, try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed,

Try, try, try again.


The concept here is perseverance.  The ability to overcome difficulties or trials and to reach the goal.  When as a child, trying to learn a lesson in math or reading, we need to continue to try and not quit, so that we  complete the lesson.  Simply put, try again and then succeed.  In my life, as a husband, father, and religious leader; not everything I have tried has been successful.  This is not an earth shattering announcement, just an honest admission of reality.  The idea that everything should be easy and we should always succeed is really ridiculous and not biblical.  The bible in clear in Galatians 6:9 that we should continue on.  It says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

This verse, is saying that the person doing good, sees little results from their efforts and temptation to throw in the towel and just give up.  Here Paul writes that we should continue to do good, for we will see a return on what we have done.

So my encouragement for you is to continue to do good.  As we continue in our efforts to do good, we will gather a harvest as long as we persevere and don’t give up.  So, persevere and continue on!



2 thoughts on “If at First You Don’t Succeed. . .

  1. Good blog, Andrew! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted by Greg Davenport | September 24, 2014, 9:39 am

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