Faith Focus: What to do when you’re not good enough

Robbie is a hero of mine. He has been for some time. I admire the energy he brings to every room he walks into, his ability to connect with people and the amazing images that he captures on a daily basis.

He dreamed of becoming a photographer at Sports Illustrated. He even went so far as to figure out a way to meet people who could make that happen. Finally, he met some of the magazine’s staff at a conference in San Antonio. He showed them his portfolio that he’d poured his heart and soul into for 15 years.

They’re response? The portfolio simply wasn’t good enough.

Robbie was where many of us – and many of the families Buckner serves – are today. We’ve worked hard to achieve a goal, giving our time and resources in order to make something happen. And yet, we haven’t reached our goal. Maybe it even seems like the goal is impossible.

That’s a tough place to be. There, it’s easy to give up. It’s easy to believe you’ll never reach your goal.

It can also be a temporary place. Many of the families served by the Buckner Family Hope Centers and Family Pathways programs pushed beyond that place and are living out their dreams now. They’ve earned degrees. They’ve started businesses. They have the positions they always wanted.

Robbie took the criticism to heart and continued working at his craft. He didn’t give up on his dream. He sent Sports Illustrated a postcard of photos he made each week.

Finally, the publication called him to shoot a game. And it kept calling. Two of his photographs even made the cover of the magazine. His dream had come true.

When you encounter obstacles, setbacks and difficulties, this week, how will you respond? Will you give up? Or will you push forward like Robbie

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. –James 1:12

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