Burden | Endurance | Failure | Perseverance | Sports | Weakness

Among other qualities of personal character, what makes a man great is his determination to keep going. Most sports buffs know that from 1960 to 1966 the record for the most stolen bases was held by the incredible Maury Wills. In 1962 he set the current club record for the Dodgers, 104 stolen bases in one regular season. But Maury Wills set another record in those years, a record probably obscured by his other accomplishments. A rather dubious record, for in 1965, a year in which he again held high honors for the most stolen bases he also took top billing for the most times caught stealing in a single season. He got thrown out (or “knocked down”) 31 times that year. But he got back up. And that’s why we remember him. Proverbs 24:16 “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again.”

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