5 Reasons You Can’t Give Up
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. – Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
Can I be really honest? Life can be really HARD sometimes. As much as we would love for everyday to be full of sunshine and happy times, it just doesn’t work that way. In fact, it can’t work that way. A very wise woman gave me this quote as a bit of encouragement for some tough situations I have faced recently:
“Into each life some rain must fall.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sunshine is great, but even in a natural sense too much of it has negative effects. Flowers will begin to shrivel, the grass will turn brown, our water supply would dry up and we go into state of shortage that we call a drought. But instead of allowing this to occur, occasionally we face some situations that cause it to rain in our lives. Break-ups, financial upset, loss of a job, death of a loved one, friendships ending….rain. And here’s why:
Rain is precipitation and precipitation is a change agent. The one thing that precipitates or causes growth, is RAIN. Instead of facing purposeless changes and transitions in life, God works everything together for our good. Even the situations we face that cause us to want to give up, are helping to produce fruit. Fruit that we need to use to accomplish His purpose on this Earth.
The FIRST reason you can’t give up is because all of us need a little rain, and while it doesn’t always feel good, we can rejoice in what the rain will produce!
If that’s not enough for you, here are 4 other reasons why no matter what happens,you absolutely can not give up:
- It’s not personal – I’ve been caught red-handed playing the blame game and even now typing this I feel convicted. The first thing I think when something goes wrong is, why me? and what did I do to deserve this? But most of the time, it’s not personal. God sends the rain on the just as well as the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Your struggles are not as unique as you think they are. We all have something to face, so don’t take it personal.
- You have need of endurance – The Word says that we need endurance so that after we have done the will of God we can receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36). There is an ‘after’ that awaits you. After the rain, after the hardship, after this season there is a promise. Life works in seasons and while you’re complaining about the work required to plant and till the ground, your seeds are preparing to bring about much more than what you sowed. Keep your eyes on the prize. We work now, but we will enjoy later.
- Someone, somewhere is depending on you – What if what you’re going through isn’t about you at all? What if it’s for that young person you will meet 2 years from now struggling with same issue with no one to talk to? What if it’s for the person in your family who isn’t quite sure of their belief in Christ and will be moved by your decision to stand on faith despite your current circumstances? I’ve experienced more and more that your whole life is ministry. So if you can’t do it for you, do it for them.
- You’ve come too far – It’s so easy to get our heads down in the weeds, just doing the work and going through the motions. But every once in awhile it’s ok to look up. Look up and see how far you’ve come! Look up and see how blessed you are! Look up and see how the Lord has brought you through over and over again. He is the same God yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). What He did before, He can do again. Your life is a testimony that He IS able, so why give up this time? You’ve worked too hard, you’ve fought too long, you’ve waited too patiently. You’ve come too far to give up now.