THE LAST-DITCH EFFORT

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"On the seventh time, he said, “Behold, a small cloud, like a man’s hand, is rising out of the sea.” He said, “Go up, tell Ahab, ‘Get ready and go down, so that the rain doesn’t stop you.’ - 1 Kings 18:44

John Maxwell wrote this about consummating your effort with success, "It’s the last step in the race that counts the most. That is where the winner is determined. That is where the rewards come. If you run every step of the race well except the last one and you stop before the finish line, then the end result will be the same as if you never ran a step." It bears mentioning that making the last-ditch effort helps you to CLOSE THE DOOR TO DISAPPOINTMENT. Elijah was up against disappointment when he prayed for rain over Israel after forty two months of dryness and drought. He prayed repeatedly for six times for God to open the heavens but all his efforts appeared to be abortive. However, because he chose not to throw in the towel, he went on praying for the seventh time; and suddenly, he heard a sound of abundance of rain. Have you decided to sign out of a task because there wasn't any telltale signs of success? Why not give it one more shot; Because you might just be closer to success than you could think.

When you get into your stride and choose to put in the last-ditch effort into a task, it helps you to CLOSE IN ON THE FINISH LINE. You need to understand that falling at the first hurdle in your pursuit to achieving your goal doesn't make you a failure. You might have gotten off to a bad start, know that you can wipe the slate clean and start off all over again. And if you are already making roads in your life pursuits, you need to keep perseverance on the radar. It must be your watchword to help you make the last ditch effort towards closing in on your goals. Because Elijah persevered, he closed in on his desire for an open heaven over Israel while God honoured his persistent prayer of faith. May you not be disappointed as you keep praying and working away towards the accomplishment of your goals in Jesus name.

It goes without saying that making the last-ditch effort is capable of CROWNING YOUR EFFORT WITH SUCCESS. More often than not, people who resolve to make the last-ditch effort end up reaping the harvest of success. In 2 Kings chapter 5, Naaman, the leprous general in the Syrian army got his miracle because he chose to deep himself in river Jordon seven times while disregarding the none effect of the first six attempts. As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." Hence, if you keep plugging away, just like Thomas Edison, you might just be a step away from your history-making success story.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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