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By: Pastor Suzanne Wobig

13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

President Abraham Lincoln’s life story is one that is very inspirational. His confidence and determination overcame many difficult struggles in his life. Yet he became the leader of our nation, leading our country through a very dark political time. Did you know?
1809 Born February 12.
1816 Abraham’s family was forced out of their home and he needed to work to support his family.
1818 His mother passed away.
1828 His sister dies.
1831 A business venture failed.
1832 He ran for the State Legislature. He lost.
1832 In the same year, he also lost his job. He decided he wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833 He borrowed money from a friend to start a business. By the end of the year, he was bankrupt.
1834 He ran for the State Legislature again. This time he won.
1835 The year was looking better as he was engaged to be married. Unfortunately, his fiancée died and he was grief stricken.
1836 This was the year he had a total nervous breakdown and for 6 months was bedridden.
1836 He sought to become Speaker of the State Legislature. He was defeated.
1840 He sought to become Elector. He was defeated.
1842 He gets married to a woman named Mary Todd. They have 4 boys but only one would live to maturity.
1843 He ran for Congress. He lost.
1846 He ran for Congress again. He won and moved to Washington.
1848 He ran for re-election to Congress. He lost.
1849 He sought the job of Land Officer in his home state. He didn’t get the job.
1850 He son, Edward, dies.
1854 He ran for the Senate of the United States. He lost.
1856 He sought the Vice Presidential nomination at a national convention. He got lessthan 100 votes.
1858 He ran for the Senate again. He lost again.
1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States.
1862 His son, Willie, dies at age 12.
1865 On April 14, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated.
For many of us, daily life struggles can derail our dreams and goals. The Apostle Paul encourages the children of God to stay focused on the goals set in the hearts of God’s people to do good. Keep striving for the goal. Be determined! Amen

Pastor Suzanne Wobig
First Presbyterian Church

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