By Rev Paul N. Papas II
January 28, 2018
Not many people have been spared the feeling at one time in their life that all is lost. That situation is an invitation to find a way to go over, under, around or through the predicament. The other choice is devolve into such a depression and allow fear and anxiety to overtake you, it is a choice.
Alcoholics and Drug addicts have to come to the bottom of their bottoms to get to the point when all seems lost. Businesses facing bankruptcy come to the point when all seems lost. A relationship breakup can bring one to a point where all seems lost. The 1929 cash brought many to the point when all seems lost, some completed suicide over it.
Some brave men and women who lost parts of their bodies as a result of injuries received in combat protecting our Freedoms probably had a few moments when all seemed lost. Many of these brave veterans overcame many obstacles to go on and lead productive lives.
Over the past several years leading up to the 2016 elections some thought the country was getting to the point when all seems lost. For many, hope has been restored as the economy is improving.
With a lot of hard work, after the 1929 cash people and businesses reinvented themselves and went on to rebuild the economy to once again become prosperous.
You can also rebuild and become prosperous.
Abraham Lincoln had many losses before he was elected President
|YEAR||FAILURES or SETBACKS||SUCCESSES|
Defeated for state legislature
|Elected company captain of Illinois militia in Black Hawk War|
|1833||Failed in business||Appointed postmaster of New Salem, Illinois
Appointed deputy surveyor of Sangamon County
|1834||Elected to Illinois state legislature|
|1836||Had nervous breakdown||Re-elected to Illinois state legislature (running first in his district)
Received license to practice law in Illinois state courts
|1837||Led Whig delegation in moving Illinois state capital from Vandalia to Springfield
Became law partner of John T. Stuart
|1838||Defeated for Speaker||Nominated for Illinois House Speaker by Whig caucus
Re-elected to Illinois House (running first in his district)
Served as Whig floor leader
|1839||Chosen presidential elector by first Whig convention
Admitted to practice law in U.S. Circuit Court
|1840||Argues first case before Illinois Supreme Court
Re-elected to Illinois state legislature
|1841||Established new law practice with Stephen T. Logan|
|1842||Admitted to practice law in U.S. District Court|
|1843||Defeated for nomination for Congress|
|1844||Established own law practice with William H. Herndon as junior partner|
|1846||Elected to Congress|
|1848||Lost renomination||(Chose not to run for Congress, abiding by rule of rotation among Whigs.)|
|1849||Rejected for land officer||Admitted to practice law in U.S. Supreme Court
Declined appointment as secretary and then as governor of Oregon Territory
|1854||Defeated for U.S. Senate||Elected to Illinois state legislature (but declined seat to run for U.S. Senate)|
|1856||Defeated for nomination for Vice President|
|1858||Again defeated for U.S. Senate|
Most people reading this won’t become President, but the point is you loose when you stop trying. Just because a door closes it does not mean there are no doors open for you…you just need to find the right one.
Are you where you want to be?
Have your goals been reached?
What can you do today to accomplish your goals?
If you have not found that open door, keeping seeking it, it is there.
Be encouraged by those who have overcome. They did not do it alone, but they purposed to overcome and you can too.
Today is a new day, a blank page in history. We may not be able to control the events today; however we can chose our reaction. All may not be lost, just headed in a different direction.