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Don’t Give Up NOW!

What if we looked beyond the pain of the bad stuff happening to us and saw the potential for good that God might be wanting to do through us?

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
– Galatians 6:9

I was thinking about Paul and Silas today.

Here they are on a missions trip. They’ve completely Continue reading Don’t Give Up NOW!

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The old phase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” is definitely true.

The dictionary defines tough as strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough or careless handling. Synonyms include durable, strong, resilient and long-lasting.

When problems arise, as they eventually will, the tough, buckle down.

They strap in for the bumpy ride.

They rally.

They focus.

They don’t turn tail and run.

The tough understand that giving up, is not only intentional failure, it’s not even easier.

I think it’s also true that when the going gets tough, the non-tough don’t get going.

They just go.

Either by just shutting down and trudging through a stream of days on auto-pilot or by actually going. Bailing. Running.

It’s an understandable instinct. Who doesn’t wanna run when it hurts? When it’s hard? When it seems hopeless?

But, in a broken world, filled with broken people, we can’t simply throw them away when things go wrong, anymore than we’d junk our car if we had a flat tire.

When I break a pair of cheap sun glasses, I sigh, throw them out and head to the dollar store.

Buying a new car every time a tire goes flat, a headlight burns out, or the brakes go doesn’t make any sense.

So, why do we approach a cracked windshield differently than those cheap sunglasses?

We place much greater value on the car.

Whether we decide to work on what’s broken or throw it away, tells us how much we value it.

And ignoring that flat tire or squealing brakes only leads to bigger issues, often with disastrous and costly consequences.

Let’s think of the people in our lives as less disposable.

Let’s live out the 16 things 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says love is, isn’t, does and doesn’t even when they don’t!

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres 8 Love never fails….”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Something to think about…

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Quick Quote | Chris Bradford: On Quitting

Giving up often looks like the solution to everything that’s wrong in the moment.

But it never is.

It’s a mirage.

When we’re overwhelmed or worn out, giving up may quiet the noise, and end the pain, temporarily, but it doesn’t actually fix the underlying problems. In fact, it usually creates more.

Resist the temptation to grab quick relief in exchange for eternal regret.

Don’t lock in failure, by quitting before you’ve reached the top of the mountain. Yes, you’re tired. Yes, every muscle and joint aches. You’ve got blisters on your blisters. But stopping now, means all that work was for nothing.

You went through all of that and never got to see the view from the top. Or feel the satisfaction of finishing the race.

Don’t waste your pain.

Once we give ourselves permission to quit, it’s unlikely we’re going to reach the top of the next mountain, either.

And IF we ever try again, there’s a good chance we’re gonna quit even sooner than we did the first time.

When we know going in, that we will allow ourselves to stop anywhere short of the finish line, it’s far more likely that we’ll bail at the first sign of inconvenience or discomfort.

When we have in the back of our mind that we can give up, we probably will.

Eventually, that pattern of defeat becomes a lifestyle. We start rationalizing. We tell ourselves that the view from down here isn’t so bad.

We give up on our dream. We settle.

Listen, nothing good comes easy. It takes work, pain and sacrifice to achieve anything worth doing.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
– Galatians 6:9

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Quick Thought | Go Ahead, Take The Easy Way Out!

We’ve all had someone try to dissuade us from giving up in a particular situation, by saying something like, “Quitting is the easy way out.”

I have to disagree.

Although it often feels like the easy way out in the moment, it’s anything but.

It’s easier today.

It’s easier right now.

But I promise you, that in the end, giving up proves to be the hard way. Every time.

Whether it’s the regret, hurt or consequences that we (and others) have to live with when we choose so-called shortcuts, or the time, energy and effort required to go back and fix things later, it’s never easier.

Doing the right thing, is always the right thing. But it’s also, it turns out, easier.

We’re tired and worn out. We’re drowning, hurting and just want our world to stop spinning. It’s then that we’re most vulnerable to the false hope that throwing in the towel promises to provide.

Quitting seems like the path to peace, comfort and happiness, but it never is.

The enemy of our souls knows that perseverance brings character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-5)

I suggest the opposite is also true. That giving up delays character and robs our hope.

That’s why he wants us to quit, walk away and lose hope. And precisely why we can’t.

In her song, Come Alive, Lauren Daigle nails it:
Through the eyes of men it seems there’s so much we have lost
As we walk down the road where all the prodigals have walked
And one by one, the enemy has whispered lies and led them off as slaves…

Let’s not believe those lies and empty promises. Let’s stop chasing easy. Let’s persevere, press on!

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
– Galatians 6:9

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Lauren Daigle
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Side note: to be sure, there are things we should give up on. Like trying to earn out way to heaven, seeking perfection and a host of bad habits. But what God’s called us to do, what he’s told us to do through his word, the giants and “impassable” seas we find in front of us–may we never run from, be scared of, or quit on them. God’s got this.

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Quick Question: Why Don’t You Just Give Up?

I often hear people ask why someone hasn’t given up in a particular situation, why they don’t just move on, or get over it.

Dr. Richard Stillman summed up my feelings on this perfectly, when he said:

“There’s no point in not fighting. Surrendering leads immediately to defeat, it’s futile. The only thing to do is do our best. So I don’t care whether it looks hopeful or hopeless – I’m going to fight anyway.”
– Dr. Richard Stallman

To be sure, there are things that are worth giving up. Hurts, grudges, bitterness. Bad habits, unhealthy thoughts, anger. All good things to get over.

But we’ve become way too quick to give up on people. And things worthwhile.

Too often, for many of us:

– We take the path of least resistance and end up places we never wanted to be.
– We spend more than ever, but buy nothing of lasting value.
– Our immediate, personal happiness trumps everything, yet we’re chronically sad.
– We believe the lies we want to and ignore the Voice of Truth
– The slightest adversity or difficulty knocks us off mission.
– We document every moment, but miss them all.
– We give up the meaningful, in pursuit of a mirage.
– We’ll sell our soul to gain, not even the whole world, just a tiny piece of it.
– We’ll throw away the cherished, for gold plated garbage.

We need to adjust our mindsets. We need to turn all of that thinking inside out and right side up.

Let’s fight. Not WITH each other, but FOR each other.

Warren Barfield wrote a song for his wife, six years into their marriage. At a time when they had huge problems and were both 100% convinced it was over, both fully planning on walking away, he penned the following words:

“Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
It’s a house we enter in
Then commit to never leave

So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
We’ll work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave, may God send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for…”

Warren and his wife chose to fight. They didn’t give up. They tore down their house on the sand and rebuilt it, together, on steady ground. Seven years later, their love remains.

I want to repeat Dr. Stallman’s words, because they are manna to the soul of a hurting, weary heart, that wants to give up:

“There’s no point in not fighting. Surrendering leads immediately to defeat, it’s futile. The only thing to do is do our best. So I don’t care whether it looks hopeful or hopeless – I’m going to fight anyway.”
– Dr. Richard Stallman

Choose to fight. They’re worth it. And so are you…

Don’t. Give. Up.

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“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
– Galatians 6:9

Quick Thought: It’s Not Over

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, STAND FIRM. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
– 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

What ever you’re walking through or dealing with right now, know this:

Your story doesn’t end where you are today.

No matter how bad things are at the moment…
No matter how broken, messed up, or hopeless things seem…
Even if it looks like there’s no hope, no chance, no point of even trying…
Or how hard it is to keep holding on…

Don’t let go.
Don’t give up.
It’s NOT over.

Believe that God has no limits and that NOTHING is impossible. Keep following Jesus and trust in his perfect timing.

I love what Paul reminds us in Romans 4:

Against all hope, Abraham believed and so became the father of many nations…
He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 
– Romans 4:18, 21

Press on…

Check out this song from Ricardo Sanchez:

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