I have a confession to make. … I want to quit. Throw my hands in the air, like I just don’t care.
True story. With every ounce of my flesh today, I want to quit.
Maybe you can relate. Have you ever wanted to quit a job, a relationship or even your faith?
I’ve told you before, if you’re looking for perfection, look elsewhere. But, if you’re looking for real, then I’m your gal.
I struggle some days. I struggle to believe God’s plans are better than mine. I struggle to trust his ways. I have a hard time believing he’s with me when all hell is breaking loose in my life. There are days that my flesh struggles; it’s at war with my faith.
Today, is one of those days.
I’m not always the best about sharing my issues, trials or discouragements with those close to me.
But, today I used my phone-a-friend card. I called up one of my besties and spilled my struggles.
I’m overwhelmed, discouraged and broken over things happening and not happening in my life. I needed some encouragement, and I knew she was a safe place to find it.
I hung up the phone, encouraged to keep pushing forward, keep seeking Jesus and leaning into where he has me.
And, friend, as I type these words I have tears falling down my face, overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness.
My friend didn’t have miraculous and profound words for me. Most of what she said, I know.
But, I needed to be reminded of the truth of God. I needed to be reminded of who I am in Christ.
I needed this reminder in James 5:10-11(MSG), “Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.”
Friend, you and I have a responsibility to persevere. Persevere in our faith; people are looking to us for directions to Jesus. Persevere in the marriage that seems hopeless and persevere in the gifts God has given you to steward.
You can’t quit. Your family needs you to keep going. My family needs me to keep going. Your spouse needs you to keep fighting for your marriage, your child needs you to keep contending for their soul. The lost need you to keep battling your flesh, so you can lead them to the savior.
YOU. CAN’T. QUIT.
I. WON’T. QUIT.
Persevere, sweet friend, persevere.
Cassie Downs, formerly of the Ellsinore area, is a speaker, author of Chasing Jesus, a 60 day devotional, and founder of Everyday Jesus Ministry. Connect with Cassie on Facebook, Instagram, or online at cassiedowns.com.