Giving up would be a lot easier.

Ever felt like that? Maybe you’re feeling it today.

Giving up on a dream because it’s just not happening fast enough.

Giving up on your marriage because you’ve “had enough.”

Giving up on a goal because it’s becoming to hard to achieve.

Giving up on believing the good, standing up for what’s right, following your faith… because who else does any of this?

I’ve been there. To all of these.

But, would giving up really be easier?

What if we gave up on our dream just right before a big breakthrough?

What if we gave up on our marriage when it was really worth fighting for?

What if we gave up on our goal too soon, when it was just about to be achieved?

What if we gave up on believing, standing up, and faith following when we might be the one to make a difference?

Friend, don’t give up.

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7

What if you and I, instead, pressed on and pressed ahead? What if we used the temptation to quit as a motivator to keep going? What if we chose to keep on keeping on, inspiring others to do the same? Pressing on when we feel like quitting blesses us, and blesses others. I’ll even say it blesses God.

Yes, it may be hard. Yes, it may be tiring and wearisome. Yes, it may cause us to change perspectives and habits. But friend, it’ll be worth it.

Giving up is not an optionGiving up is not an option for those who persevere.

(A.k.a. you and me.)

When you and I feel like giving up on whatever we’re coming up against, may we cling to this scripture:

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

With all the times above I felt like giving up, looking back now, I’m thankful I didn’t. I believe you will be too.

Will you pray with me?

Father God, You know everything about us, and You know what we’re going through. Father, we’re tempted to quit. We feel like giving up on the situation we’re facing right now. Nothing seems to be happening. We feel like we can’t do any more. We’re tired and weary. We’re the only ones continuing to believe. Father, we place these circumstances in Your hands, and we ask You to encourage us to trust as You work them out in your plans and timing. Please encourage our hearts and strengthen us to press on and persevere. May You be glorified in it all. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pressing on with you!

Julie

 

 

It’s a blessing to link arms and posts with my Tuesday buddies: Holly for #TestimonyTuesday, Crystal for #IntentionalTuesday, and Kelly for #RaRaLinkup.

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