Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You have a responsibility to persevere and not give up.”
“Nothing is over until you choose to give up!” I don’t know who said that first but I’ve heard it repeated more times than I can count, and almost always it’s being said by someone who has accomplished some significant thing. Usually they’re explaining how they were able to accomplish the thing in question, and almost always it was because they just kept at it and refused to give up.
As we’ve been following the adventures of David Ponder in the book “The Traveler’s Gift”, we have seen him travel through time having significant encounters with real historical figures. In each case that person taught David some important life lesson which, if implemented, would improve the quality of his life and greatly increase the chances of his success.
On his seventh and final stop on his adventure David finds himself in an encounter with the angel Gabriel. This time he is in some supernatural storehouse filled with things that never happened. The storehouse holds college degrees that were never completed, and careers that never happened, and salaries that were never earned, and homes that were never owned, and achievements that were never achieved, and reports about amazing inventions that were never invented.
On and on it went, the storehouse seemed to extend endlessly. As they toured the facility Gabriel explained to David that these were all things that “would have been” if the people involved simply had not given up. In each case the individuals had stopped trying just before they would have succeeded.
The final life lesson for David (and for us) is: “I will persist and persevere without exception. I hold fast to my dreams and visions. I stay the course. I do not quit. Fatigue is often a precursor to victory. I will not be one of those who gave up just before the victory would have come. I waste little time worrying about how things are now, and focus instead on how they are going to be. In the game of life nothing is less important than the score at halftime. Trying times produce great men. I will persist and persevere without exception.”
I encourage you to hang in there and don’t give up. If you have a vision from God, don’t lose it. If you have a dream you are working to achieve, don’t stop. If you know where you are going in life and what you are working to accomplish, don’t give up. Too many people quit just before they would have succeeded. Your responsibility is to persevere and not give up.