Has Your Hope Been Deferred? Use this strategy.

True effort is consistent and creates results.

True effort is consistent and creates results.

Has something been deferred in your life? What is “it”? Is “it” the excess pounds you just can’t seem to shed; the promotion always beyond your reach; the “you can’t do that—it’s not feasible” dream. If you really want “it”, use this principle: Effort.


You’ll get “it” if you keep trying.


“Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.” (Proverbs 13:12, TLB)


Effort makes a difference every time. Not the kind of effort that tries today and gives up tomorrow. True effort is consistent and creates results.


My daughter Charli struggled with math and reading early on. In kindergarten, first grade and second grade, she was always behind. But, she was a hard worker. Tutoring didn’t discourage her. The success of others didn’t bother her. She just kept working—longer and harder than most children her age. She didn’t allow criticism to upset her. (Once another student asked her if she had Down syndrome because it took her a long time to grasp new concepts and she always needed extra help.) Surprisingly, even insults didn’t offend her.


As you may have guessed, Charli caught up. But, she didn’t let progress stop her either. She continued to work just as hard.


Charli’s efforts paid off in third grade—all A’s and one B on her first report card.  Plus, she achieved her end-of-the-year reading goal at the beginning of the year! Her response: “If I just work a little harder, I can make all A’s.” She didn’t let success satisfy her either.


Children can teach us a lot if we let them. What did I learn from Charli?


Six tips for achieving your goal:

  1. Take all the help you can get.
  2. Let the success of others inspire you.
  3. Refuse offense
  4. Don’t stop at the first sign of progress.
  5. Don’t be satisfied with success.
  6. Set a new and higher goal.


Are you starting a new venture, learning a new skill or perhaps working towards a promotion? Be diligent–apply steady, earnest, and energetic effort.


You’ll get “it” if you keep trying.


“…but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” (Proverbs 13:4, KJV)


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Valerie Morrow

Valerie Morrow was born-again at the tender age of 5, but has been chasing Jesus and the will of God seriously for about 10 years. She is well acquainted with the struggles and triumphs of Christian women. As a busy (we prefer the word productive) wife, mother, entrepreneur, leader, ministry student and writer, she focuses on being well-balanced, as a necessity in life. Valerie has been a waitress, a secretary, a receptionist, a marketing assistant, an account coordinator, an account manager, a marketing director, a business owner and the "candy lady." She has learned the meaning of being secure in Christ regardless of your position or function in life and loves to share her insights through devotionals, bible studies and "self- improvement" articles from a Biblical perspective. Valerie is the wife of Henry Morrow and the mother of two children. She is an active member of Victory Life Faith Center under the leadership of Pastor Lewis Brown.

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