This poem seemed to be everywhere when I was a teenager. On plaques, bookmarks, signs, décor’ and cards and its words seemed to sneak into my heart without my even reading them after a while. Perhaps because I needed to have them engraved in my heart then. I only know I find it no surprise God would bring them back to my mind during this stage of my life.
Whatever you’re facing in your life, perhaps God knows you need them too? —Donna
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)