Parting Words From The WORD…

Photo courtesy of

Friend and writer, Marilyn Shipe, sent a blog to share with us: Famous People Who Found Success Despite Failure by Ben Hsu is a list of just that–famous people who found success despite failure. 🙂

  • J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected 12 times.
  • Walt Disney was fired for lacking an imagination.
  • Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four.
  • Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting his entire lifetime.

The list goes on and on.

Do you know anyone like that? As you look at the list, the truth rises to the surface. These non-famous people became famous people because they didn’t give up. They might have been afraid, but they took the next step anyway.

Gideon was like that. He was fearful. The Midianites were stealing their cattle, taking their crops, oppressing them on every side. Gideon was so scared he was threshing his wheat in a winepress, hoping to keep it from the enemy.

An angel of the Lord came to him and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior” (Judges 6:11). Gideon asked if God was with them, why was all this happening to them. To which the angel replied:

“Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” Judges 6:14

Go in the strength you have. Now. Take the next step. Don’t look at the weaknesses and past failures. Go in the strength–in whatever measure it is–that you have right now.

Of course, we know the rest of the story. Gideon led a mere 300 men into battle and beat the Midianites.

Gideon is a man who found success despite Israel’s previous failures and fears. He found success because God was sending him and he took the next step.

What is God calling you to do? Whatever it is, you can be assured if He is calling you, He will be sending you. But you have to take the first step.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,


(Photo courtesy of


Posted in categories: Christian Living | Parting Words from The WORD | Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • Thank y’all for your sweet comments. I’m so glad it spoke to you. It sure spoke to me!

  • Glendafm

    Thanks Vonda for timely words of encouragement!

  • My sweet friend, that was such an encouragement today. Thank you for being such a precious vessel of blessing!

  • Marilynturkwriter

    Thanks for this encouraging reminder that even when we don’t think we have enough strength, talent or whatever to succeed, I needed that reminder today!

  • Julie Garmon

    Thank you.

  • Go in the strength we have — what a great reminder. And what’s really wonderful is how God multiplies our strength. Blessings, Vonda!

  • Angela

    Thanks Vonda, I needed that!!
    Blessings to you and yours for new successes!!

  • Tea4thee

    How encouraging! Walt Disney? Lack of imagination? Okay, I’m ready to begin a new day! 🙂

  • Just what I needed to get moving. Thanks, Vonda – have a great weekend!