When he was a little boy his uncle called him "Sparky" after a comic-strip horse named Spark Plug. School for this young man almost seemed like uselessness for this young man... as he failed every subject in the eighth grade!
His high school years weren't much better as he flunked Latin, Algebra and English. He didn't even fare very well in gym class, although he did manage to make his high school's golf team. Unfortunately, he lost the only important match of the season... along with the consolation match.
Sparky was awkward socially, the other students didn't dislike him... they just didn't seem to care much about him. Sparky, never spoke with his classmates outside of school and he never dated... he was afraid of being turned down... even laughed at.
Everyone knew that Sparky was a loser... including Sparky... but he learned to live with it early in life. He knew deep down that if things were meant to happen, they would.
Sparky had one important thing in his life... one wonderful desire, he loved drawing and he was proud of his art. He was convinced that his abilities lie in his art work, so he submitted some of his cartoons to the high school yearbook. The editors rejected Sparky's work... but this did not dim his hopes as he kept drawing.
After high school and undeterred Sparky wrote Walt Disney Studios. They asked for samples of his artwork... and Sparky worked hard to send them his best. However, Disney also rejected his art, confirming that Sparky truly was a loser.
Sparky didn't give up... where most might have long ago. Instead, he decided to tell his own life's story in cartoons. The main character would be Sparky himself... a little boy who represented the eternal loser and disappointment.
Do you know who I am referring to? He was someone who could genuinely relate to those of us who held painful, embarrassing and hurtful moments from our own past.
His character lovingly became famous worldwide as... "Charlie Brown!"
So, Sparky may have been a failure to himself and others... but he never, ever gave up. He kept trying, even when his work was rejected over and over again... and that's why Sparky undoubtedly became a huge WINNER!
Charles Schultz is the highly successful cartoonist. His cartoon strip, "Peanuts," continues to inspire those of us who have struggled with our own self-esteem and failures. This was a "loser" who never gave up... that alone makes him a double winner in my eyes!!
We as must remember to never give up. There will be times when we will become disheartened and discouraged... still we must keep going! We must keep ourselves nourished in God's Word and on fire in our prayer life!
My friend, I have been praying for some "specific things" that are especially dear to my heart and I have been praying for them now, for close to twenty years. So I know the struggle... but I have determined that I will not give in or give up!! These years have not been easy... still I have learned so much as I journeyed through them.
I don't know "why" God hasn't answered these prayers... they are not for selfish gain... they are not for fame or applause... the main prayers are simply for the salvation of loved ones. Yet the waiting... and the perseverance have sculpted and expanded my learning, it has deepened my walk with the Lord... I am a stronger person for all of it!! Most importantly, I am confident that my Lord Jesus has it all under control and these years will not be in vain!
Though the times have been trying, they have also built incredible faith and I can truly say I have been blessed in them! So, I will continue my walk with God, I will not give up and I will trust Him for the answers!!!
I stand on the Word of God: And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25 I know that I know... God will replace these years that have been eaten away from every locust... the hopping locust... the stripping locust... the crawling locust... nothing can stop the army of God from restoration and revival!!
Then be diligent and steadfast in the Lord. Let God teach and mold you in the midst of the waiting. Finally, keep your faith and trust in the Holy God who will never let you down!!! He will restore you completely if you do not give up!
Praise His wonderful Name!!!