A little railroad engine was employed by a station yard for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill. “I can’t; that is too much a pull for me,” said the great engine built for hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses and be refused. In desperation, the train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the grade and down on the other side. “I think I can,” puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on, the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, “I—think—I—can, I—think—I—can.” It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.” (en.wikipedia.org)
This is the original story of The Little Engine That Could, one of my childhood favorites. The little engine, exceeding the expectations of all who watched, still makes my heart leap today. I love it when the one the world considers the underdog is victorious! This story is full of so many life lessons.
Can you identify with this story? I think we can all recognize ourselves somewhere in the tale. So let me ask, “Looking at your life today, which engine are you?”
Are you the “little railroad engine” who is doing a job man thinks you were built for while you know you were created for so much more? Being overlooked because other’s external experience seems more appealing than your internal insistence?
Are you “the great engine” who has the proven ability but has lost the willingness and drive to go the extra mile? Tired of other’s always depending on you to get the job done?
Are you the “long train of freight cars” who needs help but has become disheartened because those who could lend a hand are only focused on their own well-being?
Are you the “little locomotive” who chooses to ignore the naysayers, stereotypes, and statistics and commits to accomplishing something so great that it will impact not only you but others too?
No matter who you are in this story, I want to encourage you today…
“Little Railroad Engine” – There is greatness on the inside of you. Pray and ask God to reveal His plan for your life. He has plans to prosper you, not to harm you; to give you a hope and a future.
“Great Engine” – Your name says it all. You are a leader and your knowledge, experience, wisdom, and abilities are what cause others to seek your guidance and assistance. Don’t let your flame become a flicker. Continue to be the lamp and light that illuminates the path leading others to greatness.
“Long Train of Freight Cars” – Luke 11:9 (NLT) says, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Don’t give up!
“Little Locomotive” – Remain Focused! 1 John 4:4b (KJV) reminds you, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” It’s time to stun them! Time to leave them in disbelief because the greater One is working in and through you and will enable you to achieve far more than the world ever imagined!
So again I ask….Who Are You?