Pious platitudes perhaps, but let’s take a moment and look at the man who is famousfor having said them. First of all, this is not coming from someone who did, give up that is. These are the words of Winston Churchill.
Mr. Churchill was born 2 months premature, in a time when that, in itself, could have been life-ending. He went on to endure a lack-lustre academic career, barely keeping step with his classmates. He almost died again, when, after a 29 foot fall, was rendered fully unconscious for 3 whole days. Against all odds, he survived, going on to become the elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. From these very humble beginnings, he rose to become arguably the most influential leader in the free world.
But his struggles did not end there. Most people don’t know that in this role, he was forced to overcome what was described as an agonizing lisp and stutter. He went on to stand toe-to-toe with one of the most powerful forces of evil in human history, eventually leading the Allied Forces to victory. Winston Churchill’s influence changed the course ofhuman history globally, because he never gave up.
Jesus promised that as His disciples, we will encounter trouble. It is inevitable. He has also promised that He would never leave or forsake us. He further promised that he would send His comforter, the Holy Spirit of God, to lead and guide us through whatever mire we might find ourselves in.
Proverbs 4:23 says: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
It is from our heart, particularly with Jesus in residence, that life springs. Did you get that?
This week, guard your heart with the promise of His presence.
- When you are frustrated with life(we have every right to be)…Never Give Up!
- When you have faltered (we always do!)…Never Give Up!
- When you have really failed (and we will do that too!)…Never Give Up!
It is often thought that successful people have less difficulty, less failure or an extra measure of good luck in their lives. But in reality, if you examine the lives of highly successful people, like Winston Churchill, its not that they have not failed any less…they have just gotten up more frequently. Or in other words, Never gave up!
As we press on into a new school year, as we move into a new phase of our church building and growth project, as you walk with Jesus, training up your children in the way they should go, as you go about your days living out His will in your life, I encourage you to guard your heart and remind it to Never Give Up…
….for Jesus Never Gave Up on you.