The Profile of a Plodder

“Plodder” is a euphemism for one who perseveres. It is their will, often in the absence of skill, that emboldens and enables them to achieve. They are driven by an inflamed desire to break down barriers, overcome obstacles, and do the impossible.

Today is an ideal time to resolve to become a plodder. You won’t regret it.

Robert Louis Stevenson observed: “Worthwhile people don’t just happen, they aren’t just born. They are born with the ability to become worthwhile. It is your job to discover and develop the man or woman you ought to be.”

Plodders see the security in playing it safe.

They smell the sulfur from side-track snare pits.

They hear the hollow laughter of mockers who stopped short.

They feel the fear of potential failure.

They are touched by the agony of defeat —- and still they persevere. 

Moses is a classic example of an Old Testament plodder. He never would have led his people on their way to the Promised Land had he not been a plodder.

Paul is a classic example of a New Testament plodder. He never would have endured the Roman prisons and survived to write much of the New Testament.

William Carey is a matchless example of extra-biblical plodders. From his trade as a humble shoe maker he emerged as a scholar and linguist who started the modern missions movement. He lived by his motto:


He concluded: “I can plod …. To this I owe everything.”

Now, you can write your own plodder autobiography. Perhaps it could be entitled “How I Overcame Me.” This work is intended for those weary pilgrims who are contemplating giving up. This appeal: “don’t, plod on —- with me.”