We all know that life can get tough.  There are times when we just want to throw in the towel.  Sometimes a relationship becomes so toxic that we cannot see our way through.  Perhaps our work situation and environment has got to the place where we think we cannot cope for one more day.  Or, family life may be draining us emotionally and we can only see one solution to our problem – giving up!

Giving up is not the answer to any of life's problems.  There is a verse in Galatians 6: 9 that says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  So let me share a few simple thoughts with you as you begin your day.

1. There is nothing wrong with getting weary of your situation:  We are all human and sometimes life is tough!  Situations can get us down and truth be told, sometimes our problems can appear overwhelming.  The Bible tells us that we will go through trying times. Jesus told his disciples in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."  Troubles and struggles are part of life and Jesus encouraged us to take heart in the midst of our challenges.  If you are weary you are simply experiencing a piece of your humanity!

2.  When you are at your lowest point do not give up:  There are many times in life where we just need to push through a problem.  I understand that there are some situations that are serious and at times need more than simply 'pushing through .In those circumstances you may need help, counsel and support. And I recommend you get it!  However, I am talking about the daily problems of life that sometimes loom larger than they actually are.  The Bible encourages us to keep going and says, “Do not give up.” 

3.  The darkest night is just before the dawn:  I often remind myself that the beauty of each sunrise is enhanced because of the pervasive darkness of the night before.  In due season, your trial will pass and “you will reap a harvest.”  I love what the Psalmist said, “Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”  Trials will come, but they will pass and you will laugh again!

I remember times when life was tough and challenging.  Truth be told,  I wanted to throw in the towel.  However, from this perspective in time I am so glad that I didn't.  I am grateful that I sought God's help and pushed through my struggles and trials.  It wasn't always easy, but I grew stronger through those times and they strengthened me for what lay ahead.  I can honestly say that my problems refined me and made me a better person.

I encourage you to keep your focus.  Trust God, pray and above all else “Do not give up.”  I conclude with the words of Jesus, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  What wonderful words of encouragement to take with you into your day.  Be blessed!

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I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,