Have you ever had one of those days where you just wanted to bury your head under the pillow and never get out of bed? It isn’t a depression thing I’m talking about. It’s about making mistakes that we have to face.
Sometimes we find ourselves in over our heads and can’t face the fact we
don’t can’t measure up (in our minds) so we just “take our ball and go home.”
You have probably seen the same information I have, but if not, then I’d like to use it to make a point.
Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Babe Ruth struck out almost twice the number of times he hit a home run, yet he is still considered one of the greats. Abraham Lincoln lost almost every political race he entered, until he was finally elected president.
Thomas Edison went through thousand of experiments before inventing the light bulb. He was reported to have said, “Well, we know one more way it won’t work.”
When things happen to us that aren’t exactly “scripted” or the way we had hoped, it is easy to want to give up. But that is only one way to respond! There are other ways!!
I performed a wedding Sunday afternoon for a couple who has been together for five years and is now expecting a baby. (Spare the judgments that could rain down). I had a good initial visit with them and the door is now open for further dialogue. But the point I want to make is I talked to them during the ceremony about the permanence of marriage. About not giving up. About not being quitters. About loving as Christ loved the church.
I think we all need a good swift kick in the seat from time to time. We all get discouraged. We all feel like burying our head from time to time. But the one thing modeled for us in the Scriptures is
When the tough times hit, men and women of God didn’t quit. Even when they felt like it (take Elijah after Mt. Carmel) God said, “Oh no you don’t.” Example after example. None better than Jesus Himself.
SO DON’T YOU QUIT!!
Any thoughts? Is there a Bible or historical character who embodies not quitting to you? Do you know anyone who needs a word of encouragement today?