I started my morning jog absolutely dreading it. I had moved up a week in the couch to 5k and had to run 25 minutes straight. Honestly, I tried it on Friday and started walking at about 18 minutes. My legs and whole body hurt. I just quit and walked. Today I knew I needed to occupy my mind so I turned on a podcast and began listening. It was Mark Driscoll and the sermon was titled the Cost of Discipleship and points one through three were titled: DO NOT QUIT.
There is a lot in my life I have felt like quitting this past few weeks. Just move on – just quit it all. I won’t bore you with the details of what I wanted to quit on, just know there were some things I would just rather walk away from. Mine might be different from yours but I would imagine that I am not the only one who wanted to quit something.
Or the just as dangerous notion of checking out? I am often tempted to do this – it is too hard so I just check out. Stop trying. I don’t necessarily walk away but I check out. I remove myself from the playing field and sit on the bench, sulking. I pout like a four-year old who hasn’t gotten her way. I clam up and hid inside my shell.
Then I started my run this morning, wanting to quit the couch to 5k and was blessed that I was told repeatedly not to quit. Let me tell you, at 18 minutes I wanted to quit but I didn’t. I kept going. I did it. I finished and it felt good. I am reminded that one day, the fight will be worth it all. One day I will be so glad I did not quit.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV) being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Yes, there are some days that I want to quit and blab all my frustrations to blog world but there will be ONE day when “
he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.” (2 Thess. 1:10).