But there is hope for whoever is joined with all the living, since a live dog is better than a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4
There have been some great men and women of God who have lived, served, and died. History has shown that, Christians can have the desire to be the next David, Isaac, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, or an admired pastor. But they are either gone, or their ministry is no longer at the height of what it once was. They are history. We are present.
They may be gone, or in the past… but we are the present. Our potential to reach people for Christ is present.
If I were going to battle, I would much rather have a roaring lion on my side. But if that lion is dead, he is no good to me. A hungry Rottweiler may not be as big or as ferocious, but it would do more damage than a dead lion.
Our ambitious generation must realize that we may not be the roaring lions of our forefathers, but we have every opportunity to be a hungry Rottweiler.
God doesn’t expect us to look like Abraham, Paul, or Jacob, He expects us to look like ourselves and make a difference to the people we minister to now.
This same thought can relate to our own previous successes. You may have had a roaring lion in your day, but every attempt to reach the previous success is preventing you from making an impact now.
Focus on the present, and go to battle with something rather than nothing.