I Quit

The words “I quit” are not ones that easily come from my lips. The thought of quitting anything leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t know, maybe it was something that was instilled in me by my parents when I was a kid. There was a rule if you started something you finished it. This included sports, work, and ministry. It seems to me we live in a day when quitting is becoming easier to do. We quit everything. We quit friendships, school, and even church. Maybe it is because society has become more enamored with what makes them happy instead of a sense of duty to others?

It is not like I don’t understand the emotion of wanting to throw up my hands and quit. Like I have said a hundred and one times, nobody in their right mind wakes up one day and says, “you know what would be fun going into ministry and becoming a pastor.” It is one thing to make a mistake and have a few people see or take notice. It is something entirely different when you have several hundred see or hear your mistake and instantly want it fixed.

The truth is if you have chosen to be in any kind of ministry there are going to be tough days. People will get upset with you or you will let someone down. If they really know you, they will know that it was an accident and you didn’t mean anything by it, however there is still the pain of failure.  Do you ever feel like quitting? I mean just throwing up your hands and screaming at the top of your lungs I quit? If you have can I tell you that you are not alone. Let me share with you some words from the Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:9, Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

I suppose if anyone ever felt like quitting it would have been Paul. This is a guy who was beaten, whipped, shipwrecked, imprisoned, stoned and so much more. Can you imagine everywhere you went to speak about Jesus that nobody really wanted you there or to hear any of the words you were speaking?  Yet, Paul stayed faithful. That is why he can say to us in 2021 to “not lose heart.”

My encouragement to all who would take time to read this blog is DO NOT GIVE UP. As Vernon Bell used to say, “Keep on keeping on.” It is okay to take a break, to catch your breath, but then tighten up the belt and push forward. We will reap as long as we keep sowing the seed. As your pastor and friend, I need you. I need you by my side so that I will not give up the fight. We need each other and that alone should keep us from saying the words “I Quit.”