Sometimes it feels like the world is on your shoulders, everything that you do is wrong, and everyone is out to get you. Sometimes it feels like walls are blocking each step of the way, like you are under attack, or like you are pushing through a thick sheet of water to get to your goal.
Every person feels like calling it quits from time to time. Most of the time, quitting is the last thing that we should do. Before you quit, please consider these three things first:
1) Great men and women in history didn’t give up
History pays attention to determined people. Look back to the lives of your favorite heroes. The reason that we have their stories today is because they decided where they were going and did everything it took to get there. Did they have doubts and fears? Sure. Yet somehow they didn’t let those unyielding antagonists get to them. Here are a few examples:
Winston Churchill – Did you know that the most famous Prime Minister had failed 6th grade? Couple that with the fact that he lost every public office role that he ran for and you have one of the best examples of a life of determination out there.
(For quotes I’ve compiled from his account of the years leading up to WWII, please see “Notes from The Gathering Storm.”)
When J.K. Rowling wrote “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” she was in a bad way. Unemployed, divorced, and a single mom living on social security; she had the cards stacked against her. But then again, she is the first person to become a billionaire by writing books.
Oprah Winfrey lost her job as a TV reporter because she apparently wasn’t fit for the screen. Really?
The famous inventor Thomas Edison tried 10,000 times to create the light bulb before he got it right. They say that his teachers told him that he was too stupid to learn anything! Were they ever wrong!
Vera Wang tried and failed to join the US figure skating team for the Olympics. But, she began to design wedding gowns (at age 40) and today has a multi-billion dollar industry!
A newspaper fired Walt Disney because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”!
When you feel like you need a boost, get some biographies of people who fascinate you and read them to stay in the game.
2) What will NOT happen if you give up?
Is the price of quitting too high? Is your vision or goal so important to you that quitting is unthinkable? Often, people come up with ideas that they simply aren’t passionate enough about. Have you found this to be the case? You can count me in. I have done many things in life that were good…but just not what I was cut out to do.
In considering what to do next in your life, think about this: sit still and wait until an idea comes to you that is so compelling that you simply have to act. Then, wait some more to test your passion. Does it diminish over time? Or is it just as strong to you? Better yet, is it stronger?
This is exactly why I started writing for a living. I confess that am a little slow: it has taken me 28 years of compulsory writing to realize, recently, that what I have to say might be valuable to other people. But that is not why I write. I write because I have to; and therefore can never give up. And I write because I believe that what I have to say should be heard. If I quit, others will not receive the benefits.
What do you have to offer the world that adds value? What will happen if you don’t do it?
3) Jesus doesn’t want you to give up
One amazing thing about knowing Jesus is that he is your biggest cheerleader. He wants you to rise to your full potential. In fact, he staked his life on it. Did you know that he prays for you?
Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, and who also intercedes for us.
Jesus wants every good thing to come to you. If you seek him, he will give you everything that you need to succeed, as Paul said in his letter to the ecclesia in Philippi: “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13
Right now, I am coming from a phase in life where I have been very sick and quite poor as far as concerns money. There have been plenty of days in which I wanted to give up—and there will be more! But I have fixed my eyes on Jesus, because I know that he wants what is best for me and is my source of strength. I won’t quit! I am in process to make my body and mind slaves to my will so that I can honor my Maker with all that I am.
So no matter what your situation, whether poor or rich, afflicted or healthy; see your goal and don’t give up. Take heart from others who have gone before you. Realize that there is a cost to yourself and others if you quit. And take strength from Jesus who is offering it to you freely.
He is right there, next to you, waiting. Will you let him journey with you?
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Who inspires you? What biographies of fascinating people do you know of that you can share? Do you have any stories of how Jesus helped you when you needed to keep going on your journey?