US President Woodrow Wilson once said, “I had rather fail in a cause which I knew would one day succeed, than to succeed in a cause which I knew would fail.” That’s an excellent perspective to have. Many people spend practically all their time becoming very successful in a cause that will ultimately fail while devoting little or no time to causes that will eventually succeed.
The greatest example I can think of would be the multitudes who lay up treasures for this life, not realizing they are laboring for a cause that will ultimately fail. At the point of death, they loose it all. Contrast that with the humble Christian who lives a simple lifestyle so he can spend his time helping others get ready for Heaven.
The Christian may experience numerous “failures” along the way. And in the short term may appear to be the loser. But his cause will ultimately succeed. That’s why choosing the right cause, and sticking with it through failures, is a much better strategy for redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.