Don’t ever give up; there’s al­ways hope

Pawtucket Times - - FAITH / RELIGION -

At dif­fer­ent times in life, you may feel that the odds are stacked up against you. Per­haps, you’re fac­ing some big ob­sta­cles. You may be con­strained by your cur­rent cir­cum­stances. Or, it could seem as if time is run­ning out to do all of the things you want to do for your fu­ture. Weary and frus­trated, some days, you might think, “I’m just go­ing to quit.”

But be­fore you de­cide to throw in the towel, let me ask you, “Are you go­ing to let some­one who hurt you, a de­lay, a tem­po­rary chal­lenge or past mis­takes, take away your bright fu­ture?”

God wants to do some­thing new for you. So don’t give up now.

God has not for­got­ten about you. What­ever you’re go­ing through, there’s hope.

In New York City, there was a taxi driver who, most of­ten, would take his pas­sen­gers to a busy, lo­cal speed­way. The track was al­ways bustling with peo­ple. Thus, the taxi driver would drop pas­sen­gers off and then later pick them up again later.

In the af­ter­noons, the taxi driver told how every time he’d pull up to park his taxi to drop off some pas­sen­gers, a group of school kids would be gath­ered in front of the build­ing. At that time, it was cus­tom­ary that when pas­sen­gers got out of their taxi, they’d of­ten toss a quar­ter or two to the lo­cal kids who were con­gre­gated at the en­trance of the speed­way. Each time the taxis drove up to the track, it was an­other op­por­tu­nity for the kids to per­haps get a quar­ter.

Think­ing back, the taxi driver rem­i­nisced:

“There was one boy that I fondly re­mem­ber. For this par­tic­u­lar boy never stopped try­ing to reach for the quar­ters,” the taxi driver ut­tered.

“Some of the oth­ers kids would push him to the side in their at­tempt to grab that quar­ter from pas­sen­gers get­ting out of their taxis. Yet, this boy never pushed back,” the taxi driver added. “In fact, the boy was quite kind and cour­te­ous to the other kids who would in­ten­tion­ally try to knock him down.”

Then, one af­ter­noon, the boy’s chance ar­rived.

“I drove up,” the driver voiced slowly, “and all the other school kids were gath­ered by an­other taxi, and they didn’t no­tice my ve­hi­cle.” Con­tin­u­ing, he de­clared, “The boy saw me and came close to my taxi. His face lit up with a glad smile. The boy was ut­terly thrilled. How­ever, my pas­sen­ger got out of the taxi and did not toss him a quar­ter. In­stead, the boy was shoved to the side. And he fell to the ground, as my pas­sen­ger hur­ried past the boy.”

The sym­pa­thetic taxi driver quickly parked his taxi and scur­ried out to try to help the boy. But in the crowd, he was nowhere to be found.

“I reached into my pocket and pulled out a 20 dol­lar bill, for I wanted to give the boy some money for his great ef­forts. Yet, by the time I spot­ted him, he rose slowly from the ground. And af­ter that he walked away cry­ing with his head down in de­spair. There­after, I lost sight of the boy, and I never did see him again. He never re­turned to the speed­way.”

Over time, the taxi driver ex­plained how he fre­quently thought about that boy.

With tears welling up in his eyes, he whis­pered, “If only the boy had per­sisted and waited around just a lit­tle while longer, I would have given him 20 dol­lars, rather than just a quar­ter that he was af­ter.”

Like this story, when you face an un­ex­pected dif­fi­culty, it’s easy to get dis­cour­aged. But when your cir­cum­stance seem so hope­less and you’re ready to walk away and quit, that is the time when things are most likely to turn around for you.

If you fall, pick your­self up, get back on your feet and try again. Don’t ever give up when sit­u­a­tions are chal­leng­ing, for your dreams may be closer than you think and are just wait­ing to come to fruition.

You have the po­ten­tial to ac­com­plish great things. “In due sea­son, you

The Bi­ble says, shall reap if you faint not.” (Gala­tians 6:9).

So do not al­low your mind to waiver or per­mit set­backs or ir­ri­ta­tions to side­track you from what God has called you to do. The ob­sta­cles you en­counter can be like street signs along the road that you pass as you travel down that road on your way to suc­cess.

So be­lieve that you can over­come. Take an­other step. Im­ple­ment a new idea. Aim higher. Think out-of-the-box. Make an­other call. tum­bling blocks can be spring­boards, advancing you on­ward to fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A while ago, I re­ceived a let­ter from a reader. She ex­plained that her hus­band lost his job, and she spent many days in a pool of tears think­ing that she could not bear the weight of it all any­more.

She wrote, “I would think about your words, and once I was done cry­ing and feel­ing sorry for my­self, I would get off my pity pot, and go on with my day.’

“I found your words so in­spi­ra­tional. It seemed as if you knew what our trou­bles were, and were speak­ing di­rectly to me. I be­gan cut­ting out your ar­ti­cles and post­ing them up. ‘Don’t throw in the towel,’ ‘win with en­durance,’ ‘be­lieve that you can,’ and ‘try a dif­fer­ent course,’ ‘do an­other kind deed’ and ‘keep on go­ing for­ward’ and ‘the mercy and grace of God are new each day,’ you’d write.”

Con­tin­u­ing with her let­ter, “So that’s what I did...every day. It kept me be­liev­ing that God has a plan and if I re­mained hope­ful, and fo­cused on tak­ing care of my fam­ily, my hus­band would even­tu­ally start work­ing again.”

Next, she joy­fully ex­plained in her let­ter that her hus­band started a new job this past week. It is a ca­reer that was far bet­ter than his pre­vi­ous one, and she is thank­ful to God for this new op­por­tu­nity.

Sud­denly, swiftly, the break­through came. And sud­denly, swiftly, your break­through can come, too.

I be­lieve that some of you read­ing this col­umn today are in need of a restora­tion. If that’s you, make the de­ci­sion today to let go of all those things that are hold­ing you back.

God is work­ing in your be­half, for soon He’s go­ing to bring you an abun­dance of bless­ings. You’ll pre­vail over chal­lenges, and you will live in peace, joy and vic­tory each day of your life.

Cather­ine Galasso-Vigorito is a syn­di­cated faith colum­nist. Her col­umns run in The Call and The Times every Satur­day.

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