Why Struggle?

Robert G. LeTourneau (1888-1969) invented and manufactured the world’s first large earthmoving equipment. He was also a dedicated Christian. One evening he needed to design a piece of machinery that was supposed to be built the next day, but some of the young people from his church were also counting on him to join them in one of their outreach projects. LeTourneau later wrote: “The Lord and I had quite a struggle while I was trying to decide what to do. Although I could not understand how I was going to get the plan drawn for the next morning, I went with the young people and we had a profitable time. I returned home about ten o’clock. Up to that time I had been unable to make a single plan. I sat down at the drafting board, and in about five minutes the outline and plan was as plain as it could be. What is more, the little piece of machinery designed that night has been the key machine in all that I have been building since. It pays to put God first!”

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