When You Want To Quit – Don’t Give Up
Want To Quit?
No one is free from having struggles in life. Sometimes problems shake and rattle us. There are times we just want to quit. Our ministry in life will go through storms. We will question our calling or doubt our qualifications. Don’t give up.
As humans we easily get off of the track that God has put us on. We change our mind when things don’t look the way they should or the way we want it to be. Our feelings tackle us and hold us down. Do these comments sound familiar to you?
- “Why does life challenges toss and turn me like the waves of the sea?”
- “I feel like my mind is running a marathon with millions of thoughts racing through.”
- “My body houses feelings that control my decisions.”
Just recently I felt like I hit a stone wall and I couldn’t get through to the other side. I felt like I was being bombed down and none of my strategies were working. I knew that I was feeling out of control when thoughts of giving up on God’s plan for my life stomped through my mind. I wanted to run away, stop, and go different direction. I was letting my thoughts and feelings choke me out.
I don’t like living this way. Especially when it involves ministering to others. God calls me to suffer long, have mercy and be patient through it all. He draws me into His loving arms and promises to help me. I just need to keep my eyes on God and not the problems.
Storms in life come and go. We will pass the tests. It’s the challenges in life that make us wiser. It’s God’s way of putting us through the refining fire. He is the potter and we are the clay. There is nothing in us that we can do on our own.
We need to trust God and have faith in Him when we are rocked. We are His hands and feet.
Don’t Give Up
Our thoughts and feelings will lie to us and deceive us. I’ve learned that I can’t rely on my mind or feelings when the wind crashes me into a rock. I must rely and depend on God. It’s God who sets us out to ride the waves with confidence in Him. As faithful servants we must choose to keep on rowing and trust that God’s plan will work. He will mend and patch up the cracks. He will keep us floating.
He will not let us drown. I know this to be true. Because, for fifty one years God has been my life jacket. He still is. And He is yours too. The difficult issues that I’m faced with today are in God’s loving hands. It’s going to be a long and drawn out rocky journey. But in the scheme of things it’s just a very small part of my day to day experiences. Someday when I look back it will be just a dot on my life timeline.
Christians get back in the boat when they fall out and hold on tight to Jesus.
God is our lighthouse
I don’t trust my gut feelings or instincts. In my experience I have made many mistakes by doing so. I’m learning to keep my eyes on the only one who will light up my world and give me everlasting peace.
I encourage you to let God’s truth shine on your life circumstances. He will reveal to you what to do. Let Him hold you through the storm. He’s got your back.
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. Ephesians 5:8 (AMPC)