“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” –Unknown
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” –Albert Einstein
“Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent.” –Marilyn Von Savant
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
Doing good can be tiring. It can be difficult to continue to do what is right. If not, why would Paul warn us to not tire of doing what is right? Doing the right thing can cause others to become jealous of you because of the blessing that comes with it. Doing the right thing can be tough to swallow when co-workers do all the wrong things and still get noticed, while you’re doing the right thing and always getting overlooked. It’s tough because the good thing may not be the “easy” way.
Everyone has thought it at least once in their life—“Should I give up!?” Here are a three things I always remind myself of when I feel like throwing in the towel:
1. Make the most of every opportunity
Life can happen and it’s not always fair, however instead of giving up on your dreams, promises, etc. make the most of every opportunity that comes your way whether it directly affects you or not.
“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” –Ephesians 5:15-16 (NLT)
2. Keep looking forward
It’s easy to look back and see what you don’t have or how something didn’t happen. Instead of replaying that which has already happened—and you can’t change it anyways—keep looking ahead and what can and will eventually happen.
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” –Philippians 3:13 (NLT)
Perseverance is what you need when you want to quit. When the going gets tough—you get tougher. At the right time—God’s time—it will happen.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas Edison
“We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.” –James 5:11 (NLT)