Quitters irritate me. When I hear someone is throwing in the towel on something, whether it be a project or an organization, I just want to look at them and say ,” Really? That is all you’ve got? “. My first instinct is to get mad, stew about it, get madder and then try to move on. I don’t know why it bothers me so much but it does.
Tonight I went on a walk because I was dealing with some of these emotions with people throwing in the towel. I needed to turn up my music walk really fast and clear my head. My walk started at a rapid pace and my thoughts were churning, How could they just give up? Why doesn’t anyone want to try? Well there goes a lot of the respect I had for them. As the walk went on God crept into my thoughts. I heard Him say, ” those are some pretty strong words coming from someone who often gives up on herself.”.
And then I thught about just how many times I do give up. A business idea. A friendship. A quiet time. I give those things up sometimes without a second thought and I wonder what God thinks of me when I do.
Carter recently started karate. As I was watching the drills in one of the classes i heard this little voice start chanting, ” Don’t give up. Don’t give up.”. Then more and more voices joined in. As each child finished the drill they began to say,” Don’t give up” while the others finished. It didn’t matter how long it took for the others to cross the finish line, they just kept chanting. That is what I see God doing. We start something and when it gets tough we reach for that towel to throw it in the ring. Then He starts to say,” Don’t give up. Don’t give up. Don’t give up.”. And He finds others to cheer us on. Friends, spouses, children, church members, coworkers all telling us to push through.
We have to push through. You have to have enough faith in yourself to know you can handle anything with God cheering you on. If it is time for you to change churches then God is cheering for you as you do it. If it is time for you to start a business then God is cheering for you as you do it. All He asks of you is to not give up and to finish what He has placed in your path.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ” (2 4:7 HCSB)