Keep on keeping on. You can do it. Winners never quit and quitters never win. Don’t stop now. Keep plugging away. You’re almost there. Don’t give up.
One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.
I remember being told of a story many years ago about a man who went mining for gold. After spending countless hours digging with a shovel, the man struck gold. Realizing that he didn’t have the equipment to dig up the rest of it, the man decided to cover up the gold and go get the equipment needed to retrieve what was left. With the hopes of being rich, something happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared. They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there. They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again but could find it nowhere. Finally, they decided to quit.
They decided to sell the machinery to another man. That man then called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer’s calculations showed that the vein would be found just three feet from where the other men had stopped drilling. That is exactly where it was found. The man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine, because he knew enough to seek counsel before giving up.
I want to encourage you today that no matter where you are in life, just keep digging! You’re almost there. Victory is right around the corner! You may feel like nothing is going your way and that you are stuck in a rut that you can’t seemed to get out of. Or maybe you just can’t seem to catch a break. You’ll face more opposition in your life when you’re on the verge of a breakthrough!
One of the enemies greatest tactics is to make you feel like a failure so that you don’t even try. In other words, the enemy wants you to quit. Don’t quit, you’re almost there! Hebrews 12:1-3 says,
“…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”
The next time you feel like giving up, I want you to remind yourself of 4 steps to victory that we can learn through this Scripture:
1. Strip off every weight that slows you down (get rid of the things in your life – both good and bad – that are keeping you from what God has called you to do)
2. Run with endurance (be patient, keep going regardless of the opposition you face)
3. Keep your eyes on Jesus (He didn’t give up on you. Don’t give up on Him)
4. There is nothing you will face that will compare with the price Jesus paid for you. Be thankful for the cross and keep in perspective that you’ll get through whatever you’re facing.