Don’t Quit: The Habit
The author of the following is unknown, but the message is nonetheless powerful…
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
Don’t Quit?! Quit What?!
Quit what? Paul and Silas were in prison. Life was pretty low. They has been beaten and now their hands and feet were in stocks. They couldn’t move. The pain was excruciating from the wounds and from the uncomfortable position they were in. Don’t quit?! Quit what?! They couldn’t move their hands and feet to do anything, but they didn’t quit praising God. They didn’t shut their mouths. They sang to God in heaven and the miracle of deliverance came.
It’s that same principle of the multiplied bread and fish… “To turn little into much, first give thanks for what you have.” Paul and Silas could have focused on what they didn’t have but they focused on the one thing their captors could not take away… their personal relationship with Jesus. That turned into a miracle, an earthquake of deliverance and the salvation of the jailer and his family.
So, what’s the message today? DON’T QUIT! (By the way, you can read the story of Paul and Silas in the Bible in Acts 16:16-38 and the story of Jesus multiplying the bread and the fish to feed thousands in Matthew 14:13-21)
Jesus, thank you for not quitting. You could have. The choice to suffer and die for all our sins was yours to make. I am so grateful that you stuck it out. I ask you today to help me stay focused on what really matters, and not quit. Help me to stay till the goal is reached, the work is done. AMEN.