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As Long As It Takes, When You Feel Like Quitting Your Life



“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -- Martin Luther King Jr.

Some of us reading this have raw knees from the crawling. It’s tempting to find a corner, rock back on our haunches, and allow the obstacles we face to loom over us like formidable centurions who block our path of progress.

This morning, we may very well have a multitude of reasons to quit this whole shebang.

Quit on ourselves.

Our husbands.

Our jobs.

Our friends.

Our church.

Our messy homes.

Our kids.

Our ministry.

Sometimes, the triggers become so flagrantly in our face that we want to give up. We cry with the Psalmist, "How long Oh Lord? Will you forget me forever?"

I have wanted to throw in the towel too. But, God.

HE COMES TO ME IN THESE DESPERATE, ANGRY, HELPLESS MOMENTS AND HE TELLS ME TENDERLY THAT IT WILL TAKE AS LONG AS IT TAKES.

And then He lovingly asks ME the pointed question:

"Are YOU willing to persevere?"

"As long as it takes?"

He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He is a very present help in trouble. He will provide a way of escape from temptation. He will do a new thing ...

Revive.

Restore.

Renew.

Friends, are we willing to tarry along with our kids, our spouses, our ministries, etc. as long as it takes?

Will we walk when we cannot run? Crawl when we cannot walk? Perhaps, allow God to carry us when all else fails within?

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6, ESV)

Let us not grow weary, for God never ever gives up on any one of us.



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A former high school English teacher and best-selling author, Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom of four little boys.


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