Persevere and Don’t Give Up!
There are times in everyone’s life when pursuing their calling—whether it’s raising children, running an organization, or attending college—can become tiring. When this happens, some people want to throw in the towel and give up. If this describes how you have felt, here are three practical tips that will help you stay the course to complete the task God has assigned to you.
Remember His Faithfulness
A few years ago, I collected about thirty smooth river rocks and washed them. Next, I wrote a word or short phrase on each one with a marker to remind me of God’s faithfulness, and placed them in a basket on my kitchen table.
Since then, every time I have picked up one of these rocks and held it in my hand a phrase like “Move to Colorado,” “Provision for ministry” and “Teaching job in Texas” has reminded me of God’s provision. On a few occasions, these rocks—and the memories they represent—have given me the courage to go on when I felt like calling it quits. No doubt, remembering God’s faithful acts is a powerful way to bolster endurance. But remembering our faithfulness toward Him can do the same.
Remember Your Perseverance
When the recipients of the book of Hebrews had become discouraged and wanted to give up, the writer reminded them of a time when they “stood their ground in a great contest in the face of suffering” (Hebrews 10:32). He invited them to think about how they pressed through their problems. He reminded them of how they remained faithful to God even though they were publicly exposed to insult and persecution, and had their property confiscated. By reminding them of their faithfulness, it’s as if he was saying, “Do you remember how you were faithful before? Don’t give up now.”
If you feel tired or discouraged and giving up looks easier than pressing through one more time, think about how you have already been faithful to God and the calling He has on your life. What obstacles have you already overcome? What progress have you made since you started? At what times have you done His will even though it was difficult? Remember, if you overcame difficulty before, you can do it again in His power. You are not just a conqueror. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).
Think About God’s Future Goodness
The second thing that the writer of Hebrews encouraged the readers to do was to focus on the future. He reminded them of the blessings that would be theirs if they did not give up. And, he reminded them that they pressed through past problems because they “knew that. . . . [they] had better and lasting possessions” (Hebrews 10:34). It’s as if he was saying, “You persevered before because you knew that God would reward you. Don’t give up now. Keep your eyes focused on the future. There is a reward waiting for you on the other side of your difficulty.”
The person who gives up and stops pursuing their calling is the person who has forgotten that they are able in Him. They have also forgotten that He is a rewarder of those who serve Him. This is why Scripture says, “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36).
Do you feel like calling it quits when you know God has called you? Don’t give up. Press on and keep looking up. Remember that you are able in Him and that He sees your faithfulness.
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