time thinking about various things. One of which was a line from a poem from
gave me a little wallet-card with a poem on it entitled, “Don’t Quit.” I lost the original, but picked up somewhere another
along the way because the message on that little card made such an impact on
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
ponder the lives of some of our Old Testament heroes like Elijah I can identify
with his emotions as he was discouraged and ready to give up. The Lord was not done with him and sent him
on to minister anew (1 Kings 19).
have said before that when Paul was bobbing a day and a night in the sea I
would think he had times of wondering if he was finished (2 Cor. 11:23-28).
Peter went back to fishing after his denial of Christ and the crucifixion,
thinking he was washed up in ministry (John 21) until Jesus re-commissioned him.
divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness,
through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent
promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very
reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and
in your moral excellence,
knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and
in your perseverance,
godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities
are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in
the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:3-8 (NASB)
but take heart, we have been equipped to withstand times of discouragement
through the precious promises of God!
God is glorified as we persevere through the tough times, being
determined to fulfill our responsibilities in spite of how we feel
to set discouragement aside and press on as you know you should. The benefit
will be growth both in character and in spirit. In the process you will be useful
and fruitful in the knowledge of Christ.
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