FAILURE or SUCCESS? Are you stretched?

Bright and colourful / plain brown / big or small / thick or thin – they come in various thicknesses, strengths and colours, but no matter how attractive or strong they are, they are USELESS unless they are STRETCHED.

Useless unless stretched


Have you tried using a RUBBER BAND without stretching it? It is useless. It CANNOT work unless it is stretched.  PEOPLE are like rubber bands. While it MIGHT be possible to meander through much of life without being stretched, it would be a monotonous and unproductive life.

“Rubber band” people are the ones who achieve. Don’t you love being stretched?  Sure, it might hurt a bit at the time. It might cause a few hardships. It will surely be a challenge, but isn’t the result worth it? Doesn’t the resultant satisfaction of achievement wipe out the memory of the “stretching”?

How much could we achieve this week by allowing ourselves to be stretched?  How many things could we fix?  How many PEOPLE could we help?

Henry Ford said:  There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.

Thomas Edison said:  I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

George Bernard Shaw said: You see things and you say ‘Why?’  I dream things that never were and I say, ‘Why not?

More quotes (authors unknown)

#  Unless I attempt MORE than I CAN do, I will NEVER do ALL I CAN do.  If I do not do all I CAN do I am a FAILURE.

#  I am going DOWNHILL when my work is EQUAL to my ABILITIES.

#  Our strength often increases in proportion to the obstacles imposed upon it

#  The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become

And my favourite, found in the diary of missionary Jim Elliot, killed by Auca Indians:
“So live, that when you come to die, you have nothing left to do, but die”

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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