RELIGION COLUMN: Success is failure turned inside out

Published 8:03 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2012

By Emily Agee

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:1-6).

Thought for the week: Don’t quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, when funds are low and debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest it you must, but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, as everyone of us sometimes learns, as many a failure turns about, when he might have won had he stuck it out; don’t give up, though the pace seems slow—you may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man, often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victor’s cup. And learned too late, when the night slipped down how close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out—the silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And you can never tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems afar; so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—it’s when things seems worst that you mustn’t quit.


Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service by the male chorus. Songs sung were “Glory Hallelujah,” “Let Me Lean on You,” and “The Lord on My Side.” The scripture was read by Bro. Willie Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes and Bro. Willie  McCarey. The morning message was given by Bro. Tillis of St. James Highland Church. His theme was “God’s Word Must Be in Your Heart.” We need it; it needs to be taught from generation to generation. A man as head of the family must love it and teach it to his family. He must live it before them. It will lead you all through. The word has unspeakable powers. Let the word of God dwell in you always. It stirs up the gift that’s inside you. Teach the word of God as being manifest all over the world. Keep it in your heart and pass it on in your seed. The word is sweeter than honey. Remember: “The only Bible some people read is you.” Benediction was given by Pastor Dukes.

On our sick list this week, remember in your prayers: Jerry Wilson, Rena Dickerson, Robertha Lee, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Harold Frazier and Lee Anna Worthey. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.

–Emily Agee is a religion columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. Her column appears each Thursday.