He struck out 1330 times. But that isn’t what we remember about Babe Ruth. His 714 home runs completely obliterated the strike-outs. Pitcher Cy Young accumulated 511 victories, a mark that never has been threatened. But what is generally forgotten is that Young lost almost as many games as he won.
Many people let fear of failure keep them from doing great things for God. No doubt, you remember the man in the parable of the talents who was given one talent. Although he had the ability to do something with the talent that he was given, he let fear keep him from doing so. When examined by his lord, he confessed, “I was afraid” (Matthew 25:25). Although the Lord is known for His patience, He has no patience for those who do not try. Please note that his lord called the man “wicked,” lazy, and unprofitable (Matthew 25:26, Matthew 25:30). Please consider the contrast in the context between the one-talent man and the other two:
Each man in the parable faced the same possibility of failure. The difference between the men was not what they faced, but how they faced it. The five-talent man and the two-talent man faced the future with faith and gained the victory (1 John 5:4
). In contrast, the one-talent man faced the future with fear and lost everything.
Today, we need to be reminded that God has not given us the “spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7
). He wants us to attempt great things for Him.
—Wade Webster, Southaven, Mississippi