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Be Hungry Enough to Climb

There is a difference between wish and will.

We wish for lots of lofty things. But do we will them to be so? We wish we had a million dollars, but do we do anything to pursue that? We wish we were skinny or knew more about the Bible or could change certain habits. But do we will it to be so?

Les Brown says to succeed, “You’ve got to be HUNGRY!” That’s much like what Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

We get what we crave enough to relentlessly pursue. “Seek and you will find,” Jesus said (Matthew 7:7). Not, “Wish and wait,” but “seek.” Wishing won’t make it happen. Get after it!

Jacob saw a beautiful woman he wanted for his wife (Genesis 29). But, he didn’t just wish. He went to work. Literally. For seven years, he worked to win Rachel’s hand. When he was duped into marrying her older sister, he worked seven more years. Fourteen years of work! That’s willing it, not just wishing for it.

Renowned coach Vince Lombardi said, "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will." Napoleon Hill put it this way, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything."

Turn your wishes into wills. Set godly goals and relentlessly pursue them no matter what obstacles get in the way. Be hungry! Seek and you can find!

An upset woman called her local fire department. Her cat had escaped and scampered up a tree where he clung to a branch thirty feet up all night. The lady begged for a fire truck to come and rescue the cat.

“I’m sorry, but we don’t do that anymore,” the dispatcher replied. “The cat will come down when it gets hungry enough,” she insisted.

“How can you be sure,” the lady wailed.

The dispatcher’s calm reply, “Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?”

No, I’ve never seen a cat skeleton in a tree, have you? Hunger is a powerful motivator! It overcomes fear. It conquers laziness. It converts wishes to wills.

If you have a godly goal, turn your wish into a will. Be hungry and be filled!


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