Abraham Lincoln’s life is an excellent example of someone who failed, did not give up, and became one of our nations greatest leaders.
Did you know Abraham Lincoln was an avid reader?
As a youth, some of his neighbors and family members thought for a time that Abraham was lazy for all his "reading, scribbling, writing, ciphering, writing Poetry, etc.", and must have done it to avoid manual labor. His stepmother also acknowledged he did not enjoy "physical labor", but loved to read. Lincoln was largely self-educated. His formal schooling from several itinerant teachers was intermittent, the aggregate of which may have amounted to less than a year; however, he was an avid reader and retained a lifelong interest in learning. Family, neighbors, and schoolmates of Lincoln's youth recalled that he read and reread the King James Bible, Aseops Fables, Weems's The Life of Washington, and Franklin's Autobiography, among others.
Abraham began his political career with his first campaign for the Illinois General Assembly. He had attained local popularity and could draw crowds as a natural raconteur in New Salem, though he lacked an education, powerful friends, and money, which may be why he lost. He failed to secure the votes to be elected, but he did not give up.
Abraham Lincoln continued his campaign for the August 6 election for the Illinois General Assembly. At his first speech, when he saw a supporter in the crowd being attacked, Lincoln grabbed the assailant by his "neck and the seat of his trousers" and threw him. Lincoln finished eighth out of 13 candidates (the top four were elected), though he received 277 of the 300 votes cast in the New Salem precinct. Another loss.
He then decided to become a lawyer and began teaching himself law by reading Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England and other law books.
His second campaign in 1834 was successful. He won election to the state legislature; though he ran as a Whig, many Democrats favored him over a more powerful opponent.
He failed numerous times, but he never gave up. He continued to learn and pursue his goals. His life is an encouragement to all of us, to refuse to allow failure to stop us. If you’re experiencing failure or discouragement, remember, it is just another step toward realizing your goal.
Proverbs 16: Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.