The next time discouragement hits
you, remember the case of one young man of limited background,
possessing little more than a self-administered education.
Upon completion of military
service, he decided to enter politics by running for a seat in the
state legislature. He was soundly defeated.
He retired from politics to try
his hand at the storekeeper's trade. The store went bankrupt, and he
spent the next 17 years of his life paying off his debts.
He fell in love with a young
woman...and suffered the heartbreaking experience of watching her die
from typhoid fever.
He again entered politics, this
time as a candidate for Congress. He was elected by a narrow margin,
but when he ran for re-election, was defeated.
He sought a position with the
United States land office. He failed to get the job.
He became a candidate for the
United States Senate -- and was defeated.
He was nominated for the Vice
Presidency at the Presidential convention of a major political party.
He lost to a political unknown on the final ballot.
Running again for the Senate, he
waged a campaign which captured the attention of the nation, but which
netted him only defeat.
You might say, this was a man who
had a right to feel discouraged. But he did not dwell upon failure and
Instead, he continued to
dedicate himself to the ideals and principles in which he believed.
His eventual reward is familiar
to everyone. For Abraham Lincoln, although often discouraged during his
lifetime, attained undying fame: He led the United States through one
of our darkest hours, a time when many were convinced our country would
not survive through.
President Abraham Lincoln
© 1961 By Lincoln
Savings and Loan Association. Los Angeles, California
Recipient of 8 "Excellence in Media" Angel Awards