The Shabbily Clothed Boy and the Son of a Poor Preacher

The Shabbily Clothed Boy and the Son of a Poor Preacher

Cebu : Philippines | Feb 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM PST
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Shabbily clad boy

Skooter reporting 02/21/12

Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

This week we have another interesting story about two boys who created new paths in their lives and left a trail.

A boy who was so ugly and dressed untidily that he was continually beleaguered by his schoolmates. He turned to reading in order to escape their jeerings. At eighteen, he took a job as a bricklayer. He decided, however, that he did not want to be a bricklayer, but a playwright. He built a new path in his life and was eventually honored by Queen Elizabeth I and decorated by King James. His name was Ben Jonson, one of the most brilliant playwrights in England’s history.

Oliver Goldsmith was the son of a poor preacher. He was considered to be a sensitive but melancholic child. His schoolmaster dubbed him, “a stupid blockhead.” He earned a college degree, but graduated at the very bottom of his class. He was rejected from becoming a preacher. He tried law, and again was cast off. He borrowed a suit of clothes to take an examination to be an assistant in a hospital, then failed at that as well.

He lived in poverty, was often ill, and once, even pawned his clothes for food. The one thing he wanted to do more than anything was to write. And so he forged a new trail. In the end, he rose above his past to rank among the greatest writers of all time.

Sometimes a way will open up for you. At other times, you may have to open it up! In other words, close the door and a new door will be opened for you.

Your ears shall bear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it…”

Taken from the God’s Little Devotional Book for Leaders

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