Do you feel like giving up right now?
The idea of quitting might sound like the best idea right now.
I don’t know what or why it is you’re thinking about quitting.
Maybe you’re thinking about quitting on a relationship, a job, project, school, exercise plan, getting out of debt, or maybe it’s even quitting on God?
Everything in you will tell you that it’s the best thing you can do.
You picture yourself stress-free enjoying life after laying down the weight that goal was causing you. But from experience, I can tell you that it probably won’t be that way. At first yes, you might feel a sense of relief, but soon after will come all the feelings of regret and what-ifs.
Sometimes you should ignore those thoughts. But many times I think they are thoughts that come from a gut-feeling that you know that if you would have just stuck with it, success was just around the corner.
So, if you’re thinking about quitting, I want to give you some reasons not to quit.
Reason #1:You might be closer to the goal then you think
In 1952, Florence Chadwick attempted to swim the 26 miles between Catalina Island and the California coastline. As she began, she was flanked by small boats that watched for sharks and were prepared to help her if she got hurt or grew tired.
After about 15 hours a thick fog set in. Florence began to doubt her ability, and she told her mother, who was in one of the boats, that she didn’t think she could make it. She swam for another hour before asking to be pulled out, unable to see the coastline due to the fog.
As she sat in the boat, she found out she had stopped swimming just one mile away from her destination. (wiki)
ONE mile out of 26!
Just think about that. Florence must have been so upset that she quit.
Don’t quit because you might be closer than you think.
Reason #2: We should do it to honor those who paved the way for us
Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us that, “we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We shouldn’t quit, especially when we’re talking about quitting on our Christian walk, if for no other reason than the fact that we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us.
This passage mentions that most important reason not to quit – Jesus. When we feel like quitting we need to make sure that our eyes are fixed on Him.
Reason #3: There’s a prize at the end
Just think, in the end, you will get to enjoy being debt free, owning your own business, being healthier, and maybe it will be just the satisfaction of knowing you didn’t quit.
As Christians pushing through in our Christian-walk, we will get to enjoy the greatest prize.
Paul tells us in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Our greatest prize will be being in the presence of our savior forever.
Don’t quit. Hold on. Take your eyes off of you and put them on the prize.
Do you really know why you want to quit?
Have you given your burden to God in prayer?
Are you focusing more on your desire to quit then on the one who sustains you?