Don’t give up

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Gala­tians 6 vs 9

“And let us not grow weary of do­ing good, for in due sea­son we will reap, if we do not give up.”

If you had the op­tion to change your life to­day, what would you change? Would you want a lot more than you have, or you would opt for the safe way out and ask for a lit­tle less than what you al­ready have?

We have all been taught to want and de­sire more. I have met very few peo­ple who are con­tent or happy with their lives as they are. Re­gard­less of where peo­ple are, they are all still ex­pec­tant and work­ing to­wards more, they al­ways want to ac­quire and achieve more. Dis­ap­point­ment and emo­tional stress usu­ally em­anates from fail­ure to achieve th­ese de­sires we have.

I had a conversation with some­one re­cently, from a distance I could see this per­son’s life was lit­er­ally on the road to nowhere. I must ad­mit that I had writ­ten them off, I did not re­ally ex­pect that mov­ing for­ward, they would yield much. Nev­er­the­less we got talk­ing and I en­quired whether they had given life a fair crack. I was sur­prised by their re­sponse, “Truth­fully I can do more, I just don’t know where the wheels fell off, even I am won­der­ing what hap­pened to me.”

As I lis­tened I be­gan to feel sorry for the in­di­vid­ual. Life had thrown them off course. They had lit­er­ally stopped dream­ing and in essence stopped liv­ing. It seemed as if they were just float­ing from one day to the other.

I know so many peo­ple like that, who have lost the drive and the zeal to live. They would rather just hide in a cor­ner and drift to­wards an end they wish for but know not when it will oc­cur.

We have all been given the abil­ity to do great things, we of­ten won­der why the next per­son can do it and we can’t. As I sat down to write this, the im­ages of so many peo­ple I know flick­ered in my mind. Peo­ple who have just de­cided “I can’t” and “I won’t” or “given where I am it will never hap­pen.”

One of the most lib­er­at­ing things to do is to try, to just make an ef­fort to do some­thing. It’s eas­ier to just stick to rou­tinely do­ing what we know and be­yond that, the thought of ap­ply­ing ef­fort to­wards some­thing new is daunt­ing and scary. We stick to what we know and we won’t de­vi­ate or change be­cause of an in­her­ent fear of the un­known. The truth is you will never know un­less you try.

All the amaz­ing things around us were made and in­vented by peo­ple who dared to be dif­fer­ent. Peo­ple who asked them­selves: what would I re­ally lose if I tried? The worst that can hap­pen when you try is you will trip and fall and when you do, like the good sol­dier, just pick your­self up and try again.

All of us can do great things, the choice is ours whether we will get up and ac­tu­ally lift a hand and be­gin to build or just sit and watch. We are some­times driven by time, where we feel be­yond a par­tic­u­lar point in our life, time has es­caped us and some things don’t make sense to pur­sue. Time is just a hu­man con­cept.

It’s never too late! Only the Lord above knows when the clock will de­clare that it’s time up. Be­fore then, keep liv­ing, be­liev­ing to­mor­row will come. Em­brace the life you have been given and be the best you can be.

Be blessed.

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