and it will be opened."
Maury Wills won't forget
his first day in a big-league tryout camp. At the end of the day
the coach told him, "Go back home! Forget about big leagues
baseball. Youre too small."
Maury didn't go home, and he didn't forget about baseball. For eight years he worked long and hard in the minor leagues. "I was close to quitting a hundred times," he said, "but I always stuck it out."
To make a long story short, the Dodgers eventually gave Maury a chance. Four years after they did, Maury was voted the Most Valuable Player in the National League.
Maury Wills is a model of the perseverance we should have in our prayer. How persevering are we in our prayer?
Do we believe in where there are Wills there are ways.
Lord, help us realize the only way to fail in anything is to quit.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
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