I’ll tell ya, Holli, I have felt the urge many times to give up. In my growing teenage years and into my twenties, gave me the moments I needed for humor today. Also the ammo needed to help those who want to exit this world against God’s determination of their time needed here. Giving up is far more exhaustive than fighting on. Does anyone truly understand the prep time behind that moment? One mistake and you might as well give up on giving up. It’s truly annoying once you really think about it; what has to be done to give up.
We think it easy and simple but it’s farthest from the truth. Let’s face facts here, giving up is messy!
You are a mother that took care of caring for and raising a son to adulthood. THAT right there would give most, reason to give up on the basis of how hard it can be to raise a boy. The past four decades alone have made it hard to do that. Trust me, being a boy growing up from the mid 70’s on up taught me this. Still am too lol.
Seriously though, everything we are going through; the storms we deal with, God is providing us, the amount of perseverance to get through the storm with His help, as we need. In so doing, prepares us for the next storm coming and then builds upon that for the next one. No one should fault any of us for falling into despair from time to time. Paul the apostle did it. Look what he went through. There are moments where we want to give up, that we need a mental scrapbook of events in our past that we got through, or got us through storms that were bad. Even literal storms.
I wanted to give up on college, as I was so tired. I had to overcome a problem where my counselor didn’t help me with my class assignments to pick which ones to take because he didn’t like me. I had to do it myself, and tell him to sign off on it. He never told me I was six credit hours short of graduating on time. I had one semester left before graduating. I had to go against the school and ask 6 professors to sign off on me taking over the limit of credit hours allowed in order to graduate on time. If my grades dropped below a C average, I would have to retake them in the fall. We were only allowed 12 credit hours a semester, I think. I took 18 and graduated.
Now, here’s where the stupidity of giving up comes in. A few weeks before I graduated, I told my girlfriend at the time, I wanted to drop out. I couldn’t take the pressure anymore. I got slapped for even thinking that and told how stupid it was to want to give up so close to my goal.
While I don’t know how close we are to OUR goal, although, I think we are close, giving up now seems stupid in comparison. We’ve made it this far. What’s a little more____?
You can do it, Holli. There is no room for us to throw in the towel and give up. This is the moment you were made for. And your own testimony of wanting to quit, give up, yet here you are continuing on, shows the world that a Follower of Christ can have down moments and fall to despair, yet ultimately get up, dust yourself off, and keep going. Not because you like to torture yourself, but because you trust the One carrying you through these storms. Building you up not to fail, not to fall, but to overcome. Just like He has. Thanks to Him, you, myself, that person in the corner playing Galaga, we only die once in this world and our soul gets a new, incorruptible body that we live with, ever age with, never get hurt again, never fall victim to acne or calories or carbs again. We walk through walls instead of bumping into them…probably scaring people on the other side of the wall. Because while we want to give up, we still have trust and faith He will see us through. And, just a little while longer too.
We’re almost there, @CL87 (Holli). A lot closer than we were when we started! Save this post if you need, print it out but do it tattoo it on you…that would be costly. Know He is always with us, guiding us, leading us to the end goal, if we just let go of our worries, our concerns, and our self and give it all to the Lord. Keep putting that armor of God on daily, sister in Christ. We’ll beat these battles, together. All for one, and one for all. Cliche’ but effective still.