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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 19:00:35 -0300
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

"Brought tears to my eyes," wrote one reader of the
latest Conversion Story.


When at First You Don't Succeed ...
by J. Randal Matheny

Today, I'm telling one on my wife, with her 

Some years back, after long encouragement from me, 
Vicki accepted an invitation to speak at a 
women's retreat here in Brazil. She was 
comfortable with children's classes, one-on-one, 
and small groups. She did not like the idea of 
speaking to large audiences. 

At my encouragement, however, she took on the 

She was not happy with the results. She came home 
and said, "You're the public speaker in this 
family. Never again will I do this!" 

I kept quiet.

Months later, believing that she shouldn't close 
any door that the Lord presented to her, Vicki 
prayed that, if he wanted to use her in public 
teaching, he would send invitations to speak. 

The invitations started pouring in.

First, to a small church's ladies's day. Then, 
to a large church's ladies' day. Later, to the 
largest women's retreat in the country. 

And the phone continued to ring with more 

This weekend she returned by invitation to speak 
at the same retreat where she had her first, 
negative experience. She felt especially 
challenged, remembering the negative feelings 
after that unpleasant experience. 

But she faced the 140 women on Sunday and spoke 
for 45 minutes on her assigned topic. 

Afterwards, she received two invitations to repeat 
her message and two queries about possible dates. 

In spite of a rough start, Vicki learned from the 
experience, left herself open to new areas of 
service, and persevered when he placed 
opportunities before her, to quickly become a 
sought-after speaker on spiritual and biblical 

Others recognized in her what I already knew, that 
she had much wisdom and a captivating manner to 
offer to many women. 

Here's the lesson in this story.

Don't conclude, after an initial fumble, that you 
are not called to a certain service. Persevere, 
pick yourself up, and try again. Ask why it 
didn't work the first time, find someone to give 
you a hand on your second try. Put the matter in 
the Lord's hands. And go again, if he opens doors 
for you. 

You may just be the blessing that someone needs.

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