Keep going. Don’t quit.
No matter how far you are from that goal of yours. No matter how hard and stressful your job is right now. No matter what the scale told you when you stepped on it. No matter how much you want to give up hope that your situation is ever going to change…don’t give up. When something is hard, we have to work harder. You are where you are for a purpose.
I have had to ask myself this: Would you rather quit and feel regret in a few months, or stick it out and feel proud of yourself when it is over or when you finally see a change? If you’re working toward something and aren’t as far along as you had hoped or planned, can I just tell you that is absolutely okay? If something isn’t working in your life, it is smart to do something like go back to the drawing board or be honest with yourself on how hard you’ve worked, but what isn’t smart is to give up. Don’t even let that be an option. Choose the harder thing, choose to dig your heels in, choose to see this through to the finish line. You will be so much happier if you do.
Last week, I was feeling a moment of defeat and I felt this little nudge in my spirit, and then this verse came into my mind:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 NIV
I know it was from God. His voice has become a lot louder in my life since I’ve been intentionally choosing to listen to Him, pray more, and silence the lies that fight for a spot in my mind. Recently I heard someone say that when you have a negative thought come into your mind about yourself or someone else, about your current situation, or literally anything else, you should ask yourself two questions:
1) Is that thought from me? and 2) Is that thought from God? Is it in the Bible? Is it loving or encouraging in any way? If not, it’s not from God, so it doesn’t belong in your mind. I know that it can be a big topic to talk about Satan, but as a Christian, I believe he is very real and prowls around this earth looking for people to devour (1 Peter 5:8), so we must stand firm and stand guard.
Picture yourself in a boxing ring: If you’re in a fight and you let your opponent take one step toward you while you stand there with your hands down, arms limp, showing no form of defense, they’re going to think it’s okay to take another step toward you…and then another, and another, until they’ve got you pinned down. We have to get those arms strong, get those fists held high in front of your face, get down into that boxer stance, and get your angry face on toward negative thoughts. If they don’t get to advance, they don’t get to win.
You and I can have the victory, friend. We already have victory in Christ because if we’ve accepted Him as our Savior, our soul and future are secure. That doesn’t mean life is always going to be easy, but it means we have an even bigger reason to fight because we have Jesus on our side. Don’t be surprised if as you’re building your strength and confidence the enemy attacks. He will want to fight you even more when he senses that you’re getting stronger and aren’t messing around. But when you’ve put on the armor of God, you can take him. You can punch negative thoughts right in their face and out of your life. Don’t cower down and out. Your training has you ready for this. You have the strength within you and the Lord in your corner, so get that head up, fists high, and step into the fight. 💛
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:13-15 NIV1