Three Reasons Why I Know You’re Not Going to Quit

by Andy Wood on April 6, 2013

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Exhausted AthleteHey.

I’m gonna make this quick.  Not because it’s not important, but because this is just a time-out, not halftime.  I have to make a mad dash to the bank (more on that later),  and you have to hurry up and do whatever it is you do when you’re in a hurry or somebody’s hurrying you.

Look.  I know you’re tired.  I know you’re facing a little resistance.

Okay, a lot of resistance.

I know that things are taking longer than you anticipated

I understand that you’ve had some disappointments or setbacks.

I realize that light you saw at the end of the tunnel hasn’t gotten any bigger lately.

I get it.

But you’re not gonna quit.  You’re not gonna give up.  You’re going to see this through.  Know how I know?  Three reasons.

First, you can do this.  When fatigue starts talking, fools start listening, but you’re no fool.  You’ve made it this far because, by the grace of God, you could.  You still can.  So get your brain in gear, your heart in motion, and butt back out there to finish what you started.

Second, God is faithful to what He has promised.  He said He would never leave nor forsake you.  He said in due season you would reap if you didn’t gas out.  And the reason you’re not going to give up isn’t just because you’re all that.  It’s because He is Faithful and True, and you can trust Him.  That voice in your head that’s questioning Him right now?  Yeah.  Pretty sure it’s being piped in by the opposition.  You may want to dial down that volume some.

Third, it will be worth it in the end.  You can’t see that right now because you’re winded and tired.  You’re hurting in places where you didn’t even know you could hurt.  You’re will is being fiercely tested and the sweat in your heart blinds you to the richness of the reward.  This may be a good time to remember what Twila said:  “When the race is run, you will run into His arms.”  Jesus is the Finisher of your faith, too.  That doesn’t just mean when you’re dead.  It means this race.  This challenge.  This battle.  It. Will. Be. Worth it.

Okay.  They’re calling for you back on the field.  Glad we could have this little talk.

Oh… would you mind saving this?  I tend to forget what I tell other people, and I’ll probably need to hear it myself sometime.

So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9, NET).

 

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Martha Orlando April 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Yes!!! Never give up! God is in it and with us for the long-haul, the eternal long-haul, and He will never let us down or leave us in our times of trial.
Wonderful post, Andy!
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