DON'T GIVE UP!
There is this image that sticks in my head of a man digging in the mines for treasure and he labors and labors before finally giving up never to realize that had he just persisted a little bit more, not only would he have found treasure, but the treasure would have amounted to more than he could have ever imagined. Today, I’d like to encourage you –DON'T GIVE UP!
Telling someone not to give up is a challenging thing because in reality you never know what someone else is going through. It is impossible for me to know the struggle and the pain that someone else has endured and telling someone to “Just hang in there” can come across as an insult, almost to imply that someone was trying hard enough in the first place. That is not with this is about. Although I agree that God is BIGGER than anything you could possibly be going through and that His love and mercy abounds, I would never be insensitive to imply that you are not doing enough; I would however like to suggest how you can do things differently.
Struggling stinks and I am personally dealing with my fair share of trials and tribulations. Recently, a friend of mine at work was lamenting over a struggle she is having with her estranged daughter that resembles very closely to a struggle I’m having with my young adult son and my advice to her was this, “Hold on and have faith, I know it looks bad right now, and like nothing will ever change but I promise you if you just hold on in faith, things will get better...” Without giving it a second thought, and with her knowing that my estrangement was still as real as ever she replied, “Yeah, and how’s that working out for you?!” My answer to her is literally the basis of this article. I’m going to share with you how faith, patience and endurance “works out” for the good of people who knows Christ. It is my hope that by the time you finish this article, you would have gained a new perspective and new persistence to not give up. Let’s talk about it-
Let’s take a minute to acknowledge that many of us are in a season of waiting- some of us are waiting for a financial blessing, some for reconciliation in a broken relationship, some may be waiting on love and marriage, or for a healing- there are a plethora of things, and seemingly good things, that many in the body of Christ are waiting for and at times, the wait can feel too long. Discouragement is a natural condition of the human flesh but it is not a spiritual condition. Many of us can quote Phil. 4:13 without truly being able to apply the implication of the verse. Waiting, especially after trying really hard to no avail is difficult but waiting on the Lord is possible and biblical.