It is easy to quit but it is not that easy not to quit!Â We may have lots of opportunities and reasons to quit. Nevertheless to experience a fresh start in 2012, we must choose to say â€œNO!â€ to the urge to quit.
Folks consider quitting when they face 2 kinds of situations:-
1. When the past breeds guilt and shame.
2. When the future seems dark and bleak.
Both Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot were hand-picked by Christ Jesus to be among His chosen Twelve. Both felt guilty for their mistakes in connection with Jesusâ€™ arrest and trial. Both lost hope for a future without their Master. But only Judas chose to quit on life while Peter chose to cry and repent.
You may go through good and bad situations. Your dear ones may hurt you by their words and actions. Your past may be shameful and your future unpredictable. But understand this: you should not quit!
When God is on our side, we donâ€™t need to quit! But it isnâ€™t easy to think God is on our side when we sense oppression from every side. That is when we got to shut down our â€œfeelingsâ€ mode and boot up our â€œfaithâ€ mode to hear our loving heavenly Father saying, â€œBehold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My handsâ€¦â€! (Isaiah 49:16)
Itâ€™s His voice that helps us not to quit. We donâ€™t live by our merits. We canâ€™t live on our strength. Itâ€™s our choice to depend on Christâ€™s righteousness that gives us a guilt-free life. Itâ€™s our choice to depend on His Word that gives us a hope-filled life.
Read the story: Donâ€™t quit, Keep playing
So, remember: you got to choose not to quit in order to enjoy a fresh start in this New Year.
In the next post, we are going to deal with the 8th step to starting 2012 afresh. Meantime, how do you cope with the urge to quit? Add your comments in the comments section below. Also share this post with some of your friends who desperately need this message.
– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com