Dr. Woodrow Kroll, The Helios Projects

Have you had times when things didn’t work out and you wanted to quit?  Woodrow Kroll understands.  And that’s why he penned the poem START OVER.

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Inspired by my post How You Can Pick Up the Pieces and Start Over, Dr. Kroll sent me this poem that he wrote ten years ago while he was the President and Senior Bible Teacher of the international radio ministry Back to the Bible.

After 23 years with Back to the Bible, Wood retired—but not for long.  Within days of retiring, God prompted Wood to invest his 50 years of ministry experience in starting the HELIOS Projects to train untrained pastors in economically challenged countries.

Let Dr. Woodrow Kroll minister to you in these lines of poetry.  Perhaps you will see your situation in one of the stanzas.  Even if your life, your plans, or your friends have let you down, I hope you will find your way to START OVER.


When you’ve trusted Jesus and walked His way,

When you’ve felt His hand lead you day by day,

But your steps now take you another way



When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry,

When you’ve tried your best ‘til there’s no more try,

When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why



When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do,

When you’ve trusted them but they didn’t come through,

Now you’re all alone and it’s up to you



When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone,

When you’ve done your best but it turned out wrong,

And now your grandchildren have come along,



When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know His will,

When you’ve prayed and prayed but you don’t know still,

When you want to stop ‘cause you’ve had your fill



When you think you’re finished and want to quit,

When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit,

When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it



When the year’s been long and successes few,

When December comes and you’re feeling blue,

God gives a January just so you



Starting over means victories won,

Starting over means a race well run,

Starting over means the Lord’s “Well done,”

…so don’t just sit there,




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