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Surely we all have days when we just want to quit. When we feel like it’s just not worth it.
As a home school mom, there are days when I question that decision. I have four kids, which means a lot of time and energy that goes toward education each day. It would be much easier to send them off to public school. Think of all of the things that I could get done!
But I know that’s not what is best for my kids. We did three years of public school, and I have taught public school. There are reasons why we home school, and I do still believe that it is best for my kids. So I take another deep breath and keep on keeping on.
What is it that makes us want to throw in the towel?
Lack of integrity
Lack of desire
Sometimes we are leaving one situation in order to move into a better one. Sometimes it’s a choice of letting go of what is good to pursue something great.
But what if the very thing you’re beyond ready to give up is the same thing you feel the Lord is calling you to do? How do you push past the human desire to quit, and stick with it?
Strive toward the prize
Consider Philippians 3:13-14: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (NET)
How did Paul do it? He kept his focus on the goal. And what was his goal? What was the prize? “The upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Keeping our focus on the Lord and what He has for us can help counter the doubts and distractions that come our way. Remembering that this is what He has prepared for us to do can help lessen our fears, because we know that He will help us accomplish that which He’s given us to do. We don’t have to figure it all out on our own.
We all get tired and question ourselves. But the very act of questioning ourselves shows that our focus has shifted from Him to self.
Focus on Him.
Not sure that His plan is so great? Consider Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (NIV) His plans include your best. Keep holding on to that hope, and keep on keeping on.
How do you hold on to hope when you just want to quit? Please share in the comments below.