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Fri. Dec. 17

Oswald Chambers: “God’s grace produces men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not pampered, spoiled weaklings.”

Jesus is not interested in wimpy followers.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much great hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”  -Mother Teresa.

Let’s look for the spiritually hungry and lonely during this Christmas season.

“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”  -George Burns

I really like this quote. It addresses one of the things that keeps us from following our dreams: the fear of failure.

I’ve learned that failure is not fatal unless we choose to remain on the ground.

This is personified in “Fall seven times, get up eight.”

Rejection letters I've received in the past ten years. They've spurred me on to improve and follow my dream.

You can click on the photo for a larger view of “my failures.”  These are a sample (I’ve got many more) of rejections from publishers. It’s part of the writing/publication process.

In ten years of “failure” in securing a traditional publisher to print my manuscripts, I’ve independently published eight books with cumulative sales of over 25,000 copies.

Best of all, I’ve made so many new friendships through these books all over the United States and the World. The influence and impact of my writing has spread to many folks needing encouragement, a little light on their path, or something to laugh about.

I feel that I’m doing what God has created me to do.  I hope He is pleased with it.  When it comes down to it, he’s the only editor I must please.

What have you ‘failed’ at?  Failure is not fatal.

I encourage you to keep following your dream.

Have a great day,

Curt

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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