I wanted to share this poem that really impacted me. I hope it encourages you as well!


By Richard Kipling 

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken 
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
    And never breathe a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
    If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

What are some ways we can apply the message of this poem to our lives? How did this impact you?

It really reminded me of the need to seek God first above all else. Life is SO short, and we must focus on what really matters. It also reminded me of this verse.

"But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and All these Things shall be Added unto You." Matthew 6:33 


  1. Great poem!! I especially liked the part about dreams. ;)

  2. That is an awesome poem and very encouraging! Thanks for sharing, Elanee. It's good to know that when we are down, when we feel like we've lost, God can use it all for new beginnings, making us stronger than we ever were before. He gives us hope when all seems hopeless.