Quitters show up every day, at least for a little while. So, what do you think when you see them going out the door or leaving the playing field?
Failure is part of life for all kinds of people. It happens to everyone at some point, especially when trying to measure up to someone else’s standards or goals. What makes their goals your goals?
Christ was willing to change to reach his goals. Change in appearance and location. They were both dramatic. God became man, and earth became his new home. It was certainly not like heaven.
So, why did the Lord make such drastic changes? One word describes his reason—love. Love for you as an individual and for all humanity.
The Lord subjected himself to temptation like the ones we experience. “Jesus understands every weakness of ours because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15 CEV)!
You may say he was God, but what about me? James reminds believers, “God will bless you, if you don’t give up when your faith is being tested. He will reward you with a glorious life, just as he rewards everyone who loves him” (1:12 CEV).
Giving up is quitting; as the old saying goes, quitters never win. Quitters accomplish little in life because the going got tough. However, determination is the key ingredient to completion. The result may not please everybody, but it was your best. The experience makes you a better person in the end.
Tribulation brings patience (Romans 5:3); patience gives you benefits for yourself and others. However, if you quit, you will miss a valuable learning experience that will help you and others.