1 Corinthians 9:24: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Has there been a time in your life when you felt like giving up? When you felt like whatever you were pursuing, or pouring into, or dreaming for just wasn’t worth the cost?
1 Corinthians 9:24 is reminding us that if we don’t quit in our endeavors, we will see the fruit of our labor in the right time. But the question becomes, “how do we hold onto that hope while we’re waiting for the ‘right time?’”
How do we persevere when circumstances aren’t lining up and it feels like people are against us? How do we keep ourselves from quitting when quitting seems like the only option we have?
Sometimes, the answer lies simply within a perspective change.
We often mistake trials and hardships as either punishment from God or roadblocks from the enemy to make us stop—or quit—whatever we’re trying to do. But what if they were really just a test?
What if everything that’s been making you want to quit, has actually been making you stronger, wiser and even more capable and qualified to step into the place you’ve been working to go?
Anyone in the military would tell you that they’re pushed to their limits while training…so that they’ll be able to endure when it’s time for battle.
Maybe our trials are a little like that…and maybe if we can choose to see them that way, we’ll find we have what it takes to continue pushing through.
So keep pushing!