Giving up sounds good, doesn’t it?
Are you ready to throw in the towel?
Does giving up just seem so appealing you can’t thinking of anything else?
Is quitting the only option you think you have left?
Don’t quit just yet.
If you feel like quitting it means you need to persist a little longer. Never leave on those terms. You’re not a quitter.
Giving sounds good, doesn’t it? It promises relief from the tension you feel inside. But unfortunately, it will never keep its side of the deal. It promises what it can’t provide.
Hang in there. I’ve been in your shoes. But unfortunately, I did quit. I gave up on my dream and have regretted it so many times. I learned and grew from it but still regret not pushing just a little more. I regret not showing up to fight another day.
Stick with it.
Reasons why you should stay
Galatians 6:9 (ESV) And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Maybe you’re getting ready to quit because the results are no coming in like you’d like them to.
God’s timing is always best. The fruit of your work might be taking place inside you. God might be growing you in areas that need a little work before He gives you results in other areas.
God might be trying to make you into the person He wants you to be. There might be some character flaws that He is sanding away and some He is trying to strengthen (James 1, Romans 5).
Acts 20:24 (ESV) But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Your faithfulness is a reflection of His faithfulness.
When you keep showing up people will see that there is something that drives you that is not found in this world.
2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
The spirit of God in us calls us to more than retreat. Our lives are to reveal will a life living in the power of the HolySpirit looks like.
- It’s a life full of days that are filled with hope in spite of obstacles.
- It’s a life characterized by peace in the middle of uncertainty.
- It’s a life marked by bold decisions that some people might think don’t make sense.
Romans 8:18 (ESV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
No, it won’t be easy but you need to take your eyes off of your current circumstance. Take the long view. There’s is an inexplicable eternal glory waiting for you.
So even if today is awful, and tomorrow doesn’t look much better, it’s not the end.
One day we will be raised up with Christ and the worst day will seem insignificant compared to what he has in store (1 Corinthians 6:14).
Discerning the voice of God
Don’t confuse the voices of desperation in your head telling you to go when God’s voice might be telling you to stay.
Often times it’s the harder decision in life that God calls us to. If not us then who? We are called to be light in the darkness and those tend to be the most difficult places to stay.
- Are you’re students making you want to pull your hair out? Stay and love them.
- Is your church going through a rough patch? Stay and encourage your pastor.
- Does it seem like the closer you try to get to your kids the more they push away? Stay with them physically and emotionally?
- Are your coworkers less than ideal to work with? Stay and be Jesus to them.
Many times staying is going to require more faith than going. And faith is what pleases God.
Faith says that you trust God to provide the grace that you will need even when the situation doesn’t seem ideal.