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No Guts, No Glory

Author: Josué Mora Peña

It is a fact that we all need to have guts and courage to do the things we want to do in life.  It is not easy. I encourage young people to aim high, to make goals, to have the desire to be successful in life, to be all they can be and to seek the will of God in everything they do and to remind them that “With God, all things are possible.”  Of course, this sermon is not just for the young people, but for all of us, young or old.  We all need guts and determination to accomplish what we want in life.  Remember that “what man has done, man can do.”  This is a good philosophy if we can apply it to ourselves.

Yes! If you don’t have the guts, you will not have glory.  Glory here means success, to accomplish your wishes, to reach your goals, to be content with what you have achieved.  Is it easy to do this?  No!  There’s a price to be paid and that price is called “education.”  Education will help you to dream the impossible dream; to reach the unreachable star.  Don’t ever think that education is costly, ignorance is.

We read Proverbs 8 from 1 to 8.  This chapter is a personification of wisdom and understanding.  It stands on top of high places and by the way, she cries at the gates, at the entry of the city and calls upon men (and women) to understand wisdom.  Verse 11 says, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” We all should read this chapter 8 of Proverbs, all of it speaks about wisdom and knowledge.

If you have the guts, the courage, the determination to get from here to there, the desire to reach your goal, just do what St. Paul did.  He said, “I press toward the mark of the prize of the high of calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3.14).    The one who succeeds in life is the one who is optimist and not pessimist, the one who is positive, not negative. The one who thinks he can, not the one who thinks that “maybe”.  Do you have what it takes to be successful in life?  To be successful is to do the will of God.  As long as you obey God and do what He asks of you, you are successful.

God has given us the privilege to choose in life what we want to be.  A person can chose to do good or evil; to study or not to study; to excel or to remain the same; to be mediocre or excellent; ordinary or extraordinary.  With every decision we make, we need to accept the consequences.  So brothers and sisters, choose life so that you will live.  Young people, choose education so that you will become useful tomorrow where you live in your neighborhood, in your profession, at church and in your country.

Many young people were told that they would not accomplish to anything in life.  The teacher of Enrico Caruso, the great Italian tenor, told him that he did not have a voice to sing.  Vince Lombardi, considered by many as the best football coach and motivator, one expert said of him, “He does not know anything about football and he doesn’t know how to motivate people.” A reporter wrote an article about Walt Disney saying, “He does not have any good ideas.”  By the way Disney went into bankruptcy on several occasions before he succeed in his business.  The teacher of Thomas Alba Edison said of him, “He’s so stupid to learn anything”, notwithstanding he was the creator of more than 1,000 inventions.

Oh, yes! To be on top, you need to keep on climbing the ladder of success; you need to keep on pedaling.  Graduation comes every year for several people, from several stages and several ways of life.  I remember reading about a 65-year-old-lady who graduated from college.  The college, as a reward, sent her on a trip to the Holy Land.  Age has nothing to do with graduating but you need guts.

Graduation is not easy.  There are problems at school, serious problems.  It’s not what it used to be in the good old times.  There are financial problems; family problems but because you have the guts, you will make it.  You will be “The head and not the tail” Deut 28:13. There are many more things we can accomplish because “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

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John 8:32
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