He failed English three times and never graduated from high school. He joined the marines and served the United States during the Second World War. After the war, he pursued his dream—to write. Relentlessly, he submitted articles to magazines for publication. Finally, in January 1951, ESQUIRE magazine published his piece “The All American Razzmatazz.”
An avalanche of publication followed. He wrote over 15 books. His book, EXODUS, alone was translated into dozens of languages.
By the end of the twentieth century, Leon Uris was considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Not bad for a guy who failed English.
Proverbs 12:24 tells us, “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.” Each of us has been gifted by God; we have an inclination or even a passion regarding what we should do with our lives. Sometimes, people cease following their God-gifted passion because of adversity. Someone deems them a failure, and they give up.
Diligence is a virtue. Perhaps, if we could find more joy in the journey rather than the results, more of us could persevere and experience the blessing of fulfilling our God-given calling.