Dag Hammarskjold once wrote: “When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles quiver under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish—it is then that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.