My junior year of high school was my last year on the swim team. It took everything out of me. I had a number of sinus infections that season and was having awful nose bleeds after practices. Most of my friends were no longer swimming. I only had a few friends on the team. By the time hell week, yes that’s what it was called, in preparation for sectionals rolled around I was ready to quit. But I didn’t. I continued through the season and placed in sectionals shaving my time significantly. I’m glad I didn’t quit. When the nosebleeds returned after my first week of practice my senior year I did leave the team. I didn’t want to go through being sick for so long again. There were other reasons, I had a better opportunity playing keyboard for marching band which was something I’m glad I didn’t pass up.
I don’t quit things easily. It takes a lot of consideration and prayer. I often have a really hard time when things end unexpectedly. I’m one of those people who put my all into everything I do. Which is why I try to instill in my children that they shouldn’t give up. Even when it’s hard. If your in ministry, even a small ministry you will have challenges. You will have moments where it just doesn’t seem like it could possibly work. You have moments where you don’t think your goal will get accomplished. And you’ll feel like you want to give up. Call it warfare call it Satan meddling, call it just how life goes these things will happen. But if your doing it for God and He’s given you a vision and a calling for it. He has a way to make it happen no matter what happens in the meantime. In those moments He doesn’t call us to quit, He calls us to finish our race.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord (always doing your best and doing more than is needed,) being continually aware that your labor (even to the point of exhaustion) in the Lord is not futile nor wasted (it is never without purpose.) 1 Corinthians 15:58
Nothing you do for God is wasted, without purpose. Nothing you do for God is insignificant or forgotten. We were made to be bearers of His light. If you shine even for a moment in the darkness you create hope. You show love. You give mercy and kindness. Don’t pass up opportunities just because they seem “too hard” God will make a way.
“Indeed we felt within ourselves that we had received the sentence of death (and were convinced that we would die, but this happened) so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. He rescued us from so great a threat of death and will continue to rescue us. On Him we have set our hope. And He will again rescue us (from danger and draw us near.) 2 Corinthians 1:9-10.
The trials we face when trying to do good works. They are allowed by God so that we will put our trust in Him to accomplish our goal, not ourselves. If you’re facing something hard today. Let me pray for you.
Help my friend to put their trust in you today. Allow them to trust, whatever the outcome of their situation, that it is your will. If you have instilled in them a calling and a purpose and there are obstacles in their way I pray in your name that no weapon form against them will prosper. I pray that they have help, peace, mercy and joy on their journey to fulfilling your purpose in them. Thank you for co-laboring with us to carry on your message. Allow my friend wisdom and strength as they continue to battle and bless them with the fruits of their labors. In your Holy name I pray, Amen.