Dare 2B Daring – August 13, 2018
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“The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.” – Will Rogers
William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers was born on November 4,1879 in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). The youngest of eight children raised on his parents’ Dog Iron Ranch, Will was one of just four to survive to adulthood.
Will quit school after the 10th grade to work on his father’s ranch, but they had a falling out and Will spent the next several years working as a rancher in Argentina and South Africa. While in Africa, he started performing rope tricks with Texas Jack’s Wild West Circus, eventually leaving that job to join the Wirth Brothers Circus in Australia as a rider and roper.
In 1904, Will returned to America, performing at the World’s Fair in St. Louis and on the vaudeville circuit, including a stint with the Ziegfeld Follies. His combination of skill, dry wit and folksy humor soon made him a star. Over the next 30 years, Will appeared in 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 talkies); and wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns.
By the mid-1930s, Will was America’s favorite humorist and highest paid entertainer. Tragically, he perished in a plane crash in Alaska on August 15, 1935 along with aviator Wiley Post.
Whether it was in his movies, his newspaper columns, or his stage acts, Will had a way of cutting to the chase. He could speak the truth with such charm that no one took real offense. His quote above is a prime example of Will’s common sense approach to life as well as his boundless optimism.
What Will is saying in today’s quote is that tragedy, perceived or otherwise, often gives way to triumph. The life of Joseph is a perfect illustration. He was sold into slavery by his brothers, and then falsely accused of a crime and imprisoned. Seemingly alone and forgotten, Joseph refused to give up hope. Instead, he served God faithfully wherever he went and whatever his fate.
As we now know, God was using those lean years to prepare Joseph to serve as prime minister of Egypt, second in command to Pharaoh. In that position, God used him not only to save the Egyptians from famine, but also his own family.
My friend, whatever circumstances you find yourself in today, please don’t give up. God has a plan for you and your life, and it is perfect. Hang in there a little longer and watch what happens.
In the meantime, here is some humor from Will Rogers – and a couple of Bible verses – that may help you get through today…and tomorrow.
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
"I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat."
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good.” Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President