How to "Fight the Good Fight" with Persistance

Aug. 18, 2017

I just read thru a political post and some comments from sympathetic ideologues decrying their apparent failure to successfully oppose and prevent the wrongs of their perceived opponents.

So, I offer this to all who despair of their chances of victory in the battles of life:

“… in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” – Acts 5:38-39 (the “bottom line” advice of Gamaliel, a leader of the Pharisees [one of the ruling factions, at the time and place] and a big segment of the populace, on persecution/punishment of the Apostles and Disciples of the Christ)

From this sage advice we may draw the lesson and recognize the truth that you need not concern yourself with the outcome of the war, or even the smaller theater of war where you battle, so long as you are sure that you ‘re on the right side of the issue and you don’t fail to do your duty.

“Don’t worry ‘bout the fight, worry about the right… and don’t quit.”  – Stephen D. Lucas(1952-), former soldier, current writer, speaker and minister

And this:

"’I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved; I will obey my special orders and perform all of my duties in a military manner; I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions, to the commander of the relief.’ -- U.S. Army’s First, Second and Third General Orders

Your relief will come When the Lord returns, or he calls you home.

Your general orders are contained in the word of God, and special orders may come from His Holy Spirit and from His representatives among your brothers and sisters in His service.

Put on the ‘full armor of God’ and prayerfully report and confer with the Lord, in all your activities. (Ephesians 6:10-18)”  – Stephen D. Lucas(1952-), former soldier, current writer, speaker and minister

And:

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British Politician, twice Prime Minister (1940-45, 1951-55), author, Historian.

And these Quotes About Perseverance and Never Giving Up (assembled by Jayson DeMers, Founder and CEO, AudienceBloom@jaysondemers)

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow.” -- Mary Anne Radmacher, American author and artist

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” --Japanese Proverb

“It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.” --Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), physicist and developer of the theory of relativity

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” --Thomas Edison, (1874-1931), inventor

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”--Henry Ford, (1863-1947), founder of Ford Motor Company

“Ask yourself this question: 'Will this matter a year from now?'” --Richard Carlson, American psychotherapist and author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” --Dr. Steve Maraboli, speaker and author

”Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” --Robert Collier (1885-1950), American self-help author

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius (551-479 BC)

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” --F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), American author

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” --Julie Andrews  (1935- ), English film and stage actress

“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.”

--Benjamin Disraeli, (1804-1881), British politician, twice Prime Minister,  and writer

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”--William Feather (1889-1981), American author

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” --Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), world-renowned author and speaker

“Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.” --Leigh Mitchell Hodges (1876-1954), journalist and poet

“The best way out is always through.” --Robert Frost, (1874-1963), American poet, poet-laureate of the U.S.A., four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time”.--George M. Moore Jr. (1862-1940), Member U.S. House of Representatives

“ Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” --George Edward Woodberry (1855-1930), American poet

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you … never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” -- Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American abolitionist and author

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”--Confucius (551-479 BC)

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” --Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”--Babe Ruth (1895-1948), baseball legend

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.” -- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” --James A. Michener (1907-1997), American author, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1948), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977)

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” -- Walter Elliot (1888-1958), Scottish politician

“The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.” -- Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author

Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”--Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), scientist and inventor of the pasteurization process

“I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” --Marie Curie (1867-1934), French physicist and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” --Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British Politician, twice Prime Minister (1940-45, 1951-55), author, Historian.