There have been times when our boys have joined a sport in school and wanted to quit. We however have always made them hold the course in their decisions first made. “Stick it out, hold on”, and other encouraging words would help them. “We are not quitters, and we are not average” was impressed upon our boys throughout the years. This has proved them to be more than just people who make the habit of quitting. When a person quits, they forfeit the reward that is waiting for them. It is those who win and never quit who gets not only the job done but the reward.
Although these rules of thumb are about running, it can be applied to life itself.
“The first level of winning is completing what you have set out to do, be it a mile or a marathon. By finishing, you’ve beaten everyone who started but dropped out early, as well as those who hadn’t started and never would. The second level of winning is improving. You’re granted about a decade of improvement, and getting faster or going longer doesn’t require beating anyone else, only a time or a distance. The third and highest level of winning is continuing after improvement stops, as it surely will if you run through enough years. Slower and shorter running still beats no running at all.
I heard a man say once; do the unusual and God will do the extra ordinary. We must go above and beyond what we even think we are capable of doing and get out of our box along with breaking our comfort zone. Through this process, we must not quit. Have you ever thought about just quitting and giving up? Anyone in leadership or called to do the work of the Lord has been here before. However, because of the fire that burns within it keeps us from actually quitting. We might take a rest or a mini vacation to break the hectic schedule but then return to the saddle again.
All famous and successful people have wanted to quit. In fact, many failures have also come with successful people. Failures are only temporary setbacks or challenges that are designed to propel you to do something far and above what you think you can do without quitting. Setbacks are just negative delays for God to move and work even the more so. There are four statements I heard this week about quitting.
1. Wanting to quit is a sign of success. There is more respect for those who fall or fail and keep going than those who quit or never try at all.
2. The higher you go, the lonely, more colder or more dangerous and risk it will take. The more you have to quit, the more you want to quit yet you cannot quit because of the passion that lies deep within.
3. You have the luxury of wanting to quit even when you know you won’t. A burden will come and go, like compassion but it is the “call” of God on your life that keeps you from quitting. How do you quit wanting to quit? Here are the rules of pressing forward without quitting. Don’t tell anyone you want to quit while you want to quit. Don’t expose yourself to people you don’t want to be a product of. You are what you are by the people you hang with and the books you read.
4. Lock yourself in when you want to quit. Take a rest and sharpen your sword not only mentally but spiritual and physical.
Great people are just ordinary people who don’t know how to quit. As a person gets older it gets easier not to want to quit when things get tough. Don’t quit on dreaming, it will come if you faint not. Great rewards along with success lies at the end of any dream or task if we have the guts to stick it out, burn with passion and accept the failures or setbacks along the way. If you quit or have the habit of quitting, you may never reach the top, be happy or find what you may be looking for or want in life. Finish what you start. Continue to improve. Make it a habit and be relentless. Quitting is not acceptable if you want success in life.
Prayer: Lord I thank you for not giving up on me even when the times I have felt like giving up and quitting on you. Through this life, times and setbacks have been rough but through your grace and mercy, by your blood and by our testimony we can overcome with the help of your Spirit that lives within us. Create compassion, burdens and the call to move forward and to win others to you. Let me dream your dream and provoke me to do your work without quitting. In Jesus name, Amen.
2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.