I have a very good friend who is also my pastor and teacher. His name is Len Zoeteman. Len taught me that when you read a book, do it at least three times. Once for information. The second time for revelation and the third time for application.
At the start of every year for the past 15 years I have consistently read a book I keep by my bedside. It was written in 1952. I read it at the start of the year to inspire me for what lies ahead
Today I read a chapter on “I don’t Believe in Defeat”. Great chapter. Very practical. I love information that educate, guide and inspire me to live my life by example.
In this chapter the author Dr Norman Vincent Peale tells a story of a tennis player who never gave up. Journalists wrote about how he handled the “discouraging vicissitudes of the game” I had to look up the meaning of the word: it means the ups and downs; the changes and challenges that come and go
If you want to live your life by example know that how you handle your obstacles will be an example not only to your family, friends and those in your community—it is bound to touch generations to come, just like Dr Peale’s stories of how others have handled obstacles are still impacting me long after he penned his book in 1952. (He did indeed wrote it by hand and amazingly got discouraged at one point and threw the manuscript in the waste paper basket…..thank heavens his wife, Ruth, believed in him and fished it out. Imagine what a difference that act made to this world, because the book stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for many, many years and never will go out of print)