Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. — Hebrews 10:36
Effective leaders accomplish seemingly impossible tasks because they never give up. They never buckle under. Despite mounting criticism, intense opposition, and overwhelming obstacles, they persevere with determined resolve. They refuse to throw in the towel.
Often, the easiest thing would be to quit. Just give up. Forget about one’s dream and return to the comfort and convenience of mediocrity. Give in to the words of the critics, give up to the opposition, and give way to the obstacles. Simply tuck tail and run away.
Great power is embodied in persistence. The race is not always won by the fastest, nor the game by the strongest, but rather by the one who keeps on keeping on, who refuses to give up. Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. Race car driver Rick Mears said, “To finish first you must first finish.”
It is always too soon to quit. One of the most powerful and destructive tools that Satan has in his arsenal is a discouragement, the subtle but dangerous compulsion to give up, to quit, saying, “What’s the use?”
When you are tempted to quit: resist.
- We must endure in the battle until the evil day is over.
- We must press on in the face of the temptation to quit.
- Until the war is over, we must fight to the end.
- Until the race is finished, we must keep running.
- Until the wall is built, we must keep stacking bricks.
- Never give up. Never.
- The promises of God are always at the end.