Dont' Give Up!!

Dag Hammarskjold once wrote: “When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles quiver under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish—it is then that you must not hesitate.” He was unwilling to give up; he refused to quit!

The successful life prescribed by Christ requires faithfulness until death: a hand on the plow with no looking back, steadfast perseverance; racing hard for the tape, fighting the good fight of faith. The devil loves it when we simply relax our efforts. He has a good day if we become discouraged.

There are temptations to overcome, disappointments to handle, personal sins that beset us, burdens that depress us. And Satan is standing by urging that we quit trying. But wait; Christ is present. “Consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb 12:3).

Someone once asked James J. Corbett, at that time heavyweight champion of the world, what was the most important thing a man must do to become a champion. He replied, “Fight one more round.” The Duke of Wellington said that the British soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo were not any braver than Napoleon’s soldiers—but they were brave for five minutes longer.

That is about it for the Christian. A secret for success is: “fight just one more round. Be brave for five more minutes.” It is the difference between defeat and victory.
(from A Treasury of Bible Illustrations)

While I know and believe there is “nothing new under the sun” I also know we can all become discouraged at times, especially when we follow the news. I have threatened many times to quit watching the news and have done so for periods of time, then I find myself wanting to know what’s going on and start watching it again. That is when I get discouraged, so when I came across this I thought it worth sharing.

I don’t want to give the devil a good day with my discouragement.

4 comments for “Dont' Give Up!!

  1. November 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Fight just one more round – be brave for just 5 more minutes – all of this is so good, Janice. Many times I’ve thought faith was aptly described by “just keep putting one foot in front of the other.” And as Ms. Watson said, we DO need each other to lean on in these times………these times that seem to come oftener and oftener. The devil is alive and well. But CHRIST overcame Him.

  2. October 30, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Even Paul wrote that he was, at times, “hard pressed on every side … perplexed … persecuted … and struck down.” If you do a little word study on those particular Greek words, you’ll find he was discouraged! It is a part of the Christian living in this fallen world. What helps us survive is Godly wisdom / perspective and HOPE! I’ve not watched the news in a few years, but I do keep up via internet … the more trustworthy news feeds.

  3. jel
    October 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    hope ya have a good weekend

    Thanks for stopping by jel, Hope you have a good one too 🙂

  4. Janice L Watson
    October 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Hello my dear Sister. Thank you so much for your comments today. After hearing the news last night about a bill being signed I was so upset and sick of all the evil that seems to be taking over. Discouraged, yes, but not losing heart because this battle belongs to our God, this is a spiritual battle of good and evil and we have the assurance of the outcome in the WORD OF GOD. We need each other to lean on during these difficult times, it’s the only way we’ll be able to endure this world around us. My thoughts went to Daniel and his faithfulness to God, he did not cave in but continued what he always did, he prayed. Let us be brave for just 5 more minutes and one more round.

    We just have to remember that God is in control, our faith is being tested daily and we are in a spiritual battle….just 5 more mintues. 🙂

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