Scott Postma

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If at First You Don’t Succeed

You may not be familiar with the early American educator, Thomas H. Palmer, a Scottish emigrant who established a print shop in Philadelphia, and later a school and library in Vermont. However, you’re likely quite familiar with the famous maxim from his Teacher’s Manual, a maxim he used to encourage school children to complete their homework. It’s a maxim that is just as relevant for all of us today.

Tis a lesson you should heed: try, try, try again.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6–8, ESV)

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.” (Proverbs 10:4–5, ESV)

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” (Proverbs 22:29, ESV)


About Scott Postma

Scott lives in North Idaho collecting more books than he'll ever read in a lifetime. He shares valuable tips on writing and teaching, rich insights into theology and literature, and meaningful perspective on living a life of significance. You can subscribe to the tribe and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

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