QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Are you tempted to GIVE UP?
My grandmother was a strong influence in the lives of her twelve children. Raising a family of that size during the great depression was not an easy chore. Just to get a bag of flour in order to make bread was a back-breaking challenge. It was in this setting that her children were often encouraged to ‘keep on keeping on’.
Giving up is not an option for a sport team. Every coach wants his/her team to adopt the motto…when things get tough the tough get going! Mental toughness is a key component for every athlete.
Has something 'gotten the best of you'? The Psalmist, David, expresses this feeling openly seeming as though he is ready to GIVE UP. With clear and sad helplessness he expressed himself with the words that would later be spoken by Jesus…
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Psalm 22:1
But hopefulness takes over in verse 19 when David GIVES IN to the One who controls all circumstances…
“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.”
Feeling like giving up because of a loss, a failed attempt, or an unsuccessful season is human nature. But what we do with that feeling is our choice. We are once again reminded of God’s faithfulness to us when we read…
“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’ ” Hebrews 13:5
PRAYER: I am tempted to GIVE UP on __(fill in the blank)__, Lord. Today I choose to GIVE IN to You knowing that your faithfulness is my refuge and strength in order to keep on keeping on.
WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH – THE TOUGH GO TO GOD!
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