In the small town that I live in, two church buildings have signs out front – the kind of signs that are usually covered in pithy sayings. One of the signs is used primarily to advertise yard sales (which happens quite regularly) or “gospel singings” (which also happen quite regularly). However, the other sign (the one that is next to a church building very close to the neighborhood where I live) is often used to convey some other kind of message…
When I see the sayings on this sign, they often make me groan, or roll my eyes, or shake my head wondering what they were thinking when they put that message on the sign. However, even when I disagree with the message, I can usually still understand what they are trying to communicate. And, even when I think the message is missing the intended audience, I can still usually figure out to whom the message was intended.
But, lately, the sign closest to our house has a message that has caused me to ask, “What are they trying to say, and who are they trying to reach?”
The message on the sign is this: “You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.”
Now, I know this is not a quote from Scripture. I’ve done a few internet searches, and, while I’ve found this quote several times, I can’t find where it is attributed to anyone in particular.
Even after thinking about it for several days, I still don’t know what the message on the sign means, and I don’t know who they are trying to reach with that message.
What do you think that message means? Who do you think the people are trying to reach by putting that message on the sign?