How many times have you started something, then gave up on it? My mom says she feels like a child at times, always starting something then quitting. I wouldn’t call my mom a quitter and I don’t rightly know why she would refer to herself as one. She did quit at a few things in her life already, but I assume she wasn’t passionate enough about it.
My brother loved digging holes in his childhood. He always told me he planned to dig a tunnel and make it his man cave. He never completed one. I think he mainly wanted to do something like children will, but another thing, he wasn’t passionate enough about it. When it came to science–building stuff–he completed his project every time. And he stayed excited about it till the end.
Have you ever started something then gave up on it? Most likely your project was more complicated than digging a man cave. Maybe you had a secret dream that you finally started to pursue, yet then you found it was a lot tougher than you expected. Perhaps reality hit you and you figured it would never work. Your dream simply was to big to happen to such an insignificant person. The easiest thing was to quit; so you did. A lot of times we do this because, like Benny and Mom, we’re not passionate enough about it. Other times we do this because we think the possibility of a dream happening to us is to small or to much work to make it happen.
I’ve written about purpose (Sunday Morning: Finding a Purpose), courage (Sunday Morning: The Courageous You) and strength (Sunday Morning: Strength), here all three are used. In each post I’ve used these topics in different ways than they would apply to this one. But these topics are all needed to not give up.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV
Okay, so you’ve found something you really enjoy and you believe you’ve found your purpose God gave you–or maybe you’ve known it all along. Now you need courage. Courage to rise up and make your dream come to life, courage to fight away all the doubters, courage only God can give you. Third: strength. This is where it all comes together. When you feel you can’t do this, it’s to hard, the chances of it coming true seem to small, remember God gives strength. When you’re on the edge of giving up, back up and pray for strength. Know God is with you and He gave you a purpose; He will give you courage, he will give you strength.
If you have a passionate dream that you feel God called you to do, then it’s worth doing. The world will throw rocks, it will leave boulders in the way, the wind will blow against you, scarcely letting you take a step forward. But God will not let you fall, with His help you will prosper. He gave you a purpose, and He will give you courage and strength, and He does not want us to give up.
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV