First, let me remind you that tonight are the Awana Awards, so we will not have the Bible Study that I normally lead on Wednesday nights. I’ll be in our Worship Center supporting our Awana children and all the volunteers who have given of their time to teach the Word of God to our children. By the way – don’t forget that Brother Jake’s Brick Oven Creations will be here this afternoon and through the evening.

I came across the story of Robert McCormick the other day and it goes like this. McCormick worked in his farm’s blacksmith’s shop for more than fifteen years to develop the first horse-drawn reaper. Still unsuccessful as the harvest of 1831 began, he finally gave up.

However his twenty-two year old son, Cyrus, picked up where his discouraged father left off. Using his father’s basic design, Cyrus made several important additions and refinements. By the conclusion of the harvest, Cyrus had successfully demonstrated the “Virginia Reaper,” a device that would revolutionize farming and as some say, American life. (Story from Carl Windsor’s “On This Day”)

The fact is we all get discouraged along life’s way. It may be something like what our family is going through in battling cancer. We may get discouraged by what others do or don’t do. We may even wonder why God is not at work. Yet we need to remember that many times the victory is right around the corner and all we have to do is stay at it. The writer of Hebrews reminds us to, “Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).

Call out to the Father for His strength and ask Him to carry you on.

Dale Carnegie said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”.

See you tonight as we celebrate a great year of ministry through Awana,

Pastor Carl