Don’t Give Up!
How often do we start moving in one direction, face opposition and then quit? You had a great idea, you had tremendous passion, but once the real work came, you wore yourself out! It happens all the time to even the strongest willed people. They give up right before the good stuff is about to happen.
I have a good friend of mine who jumps from idea to idea trying to become a millionaire. He wants the fastest path to riches. He gets all excited about his latest idea but as soon as it becomes work, he stops, and looks for “a better way”. This is a sure-fire way to fail… You have to constantly water your seeds! You have to prepare and work your fields for the seeds to take, to grow strong roots, and produce crops. You can’t just go around scattering seeds hoping something will grow. Farmers don’t operate businesses that way, why would you expect your finances or business ideas to work any differently.
I have heard that to become “an overnight success” it takes at least two years! You grind it out, put blood, sweat, and tears in to it, and then just maybe it may lead to something worthwhile. But quitting? It’s not an option! Too often people quit right before their big break was about to take place. They miss the blessings God had in store…
What if Columbus gave up?
Just think about this: Christopher Columbus two days before he sighted land had a crew that was fed up, sick, and desperately wanted to turn back.
On October 10, 1492, Columbus’ journal read:
“Here the people could stand it no longer and complained of the long voyage; but the Admiral cheered them as best he could, holding out good hope of the advantages they would have. He added that it was useless to complain. He had come to the Indies, and so had to continue until he found them, with the help of our Lord.”
We know what happened two days later: They found America!
Too many Christians give to God and expect Him to answer immediately! In other words “I just tithed…now bless me!” Yet God doesn’t work that way. First off, He typically won’t bless you if you aren’t positioning yourself for blessings. What I mean is He won’t just send money from heaven. You have to work for it and then He can bless those efforts!
Secondly, it happens in His time, not ours! Often He is doing us a favor by teaching us powerful lessons that will transform our minds and lives. Through pain there is gain and growth. He uses our failures and tribulations to strengthen our faith and prepare us for the better days ahead.
Yeah…why are so many Christians broke?
I just spoke to Chris Kidd. He asked a powerful question to me: “why are so many Christians broke?” Wow! It hits you right between the eyes! His question got me thinking…
I mean if we serve the Creator of life, the abundant provider of everything, the original author of “hope and change” then why are so many in the body of Christ:
- Dead broke?
- Deep in debt?
- Have little or no savings?
- Have no plans for the future?
God calls us to rise above mediocrity and bring glory to Him. How can we help others when we need help? How can we attract others to Christ when we are a mess? It’s not about perfection, but it is about establishing habits and persevering for His cause.
So I ask you:
- What have you given up on?
- What dream have you left behind?
- What is holding you back from the success God has in store for you?
- I bet you know exactly what it is, but the real question is what are you going to do about it?