After excavating for some time, he found an old rusted pick with its handle rotted off but its point sticking firmly in the rocky soil. He went to work and, to his amazement, just a few feet beyond where he had found the pick, he came upon a rich vein of gold.
Later he learned that the previous owner of the claim had invested many years of his life searching for gold. He also had begun with high hopes and great dreams. But those hopes dissipated into bitter disappointment when he worked hard with no reward. It became harder day by day to sustain that dream, to swing the pick and lift the shovel, seemingly without any progress.
So he quit - just a few feet from striking it rich. Unfortunately, many people have lost their dream, and their enthusiasm to push ahead. The prophet Isaiah said, "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
Sometimes we lose hope and drive because we are doing things for all the wrong reasons. However, when we have our life "on track" with God, he gives us the strength we need.