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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Motivational Poem - Equipment

I came across this great poem yesterday. It didn't have a title, but said it was by George Washington Carver.  After further research, I found that it was actually written by Edgar A. Guest, but that it was GWC's favorite poem to recite.  I also found out that the title was "Equipment".  

This is a great motivational poem that centers on our worst critic.....our selves.  The scripture at the end seems to address that same "self" problem.  We have to get out of our own way and realize that God is on our side and ready to help us say, "I CAN"!


Figure it out for yourself, my lad, 
You've all that the greatest of men have had; 
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes, 
And a brain to use if you would be wise, 
With this equipment they all began-- 
So start from the top and say, I CAN.

Look them over, the wise and the great, 
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes;
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you've all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will;
You're well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have arms and legs and a brain to use;
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place.
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know;
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had;
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say, I CAN."

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

James 1:22-24

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