Monday, June 19th, '17
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DO THEY QUIT?
we are not of those who draw back..." (Hebrews 10:39)
Eight quick reasons why people throw in the
towel and give up on their dreams: 1) the way they are wired. From childhood,
someone fed them misinformation. "Can't" had been drilled into them until they
believed "Can't" was their first name. Others have quit because, 2) they got tired.
Like the Galatians, they ran well but tuckered out. Fear, failure and fatigue
are the three F-words that will put F's on success's report card. When fatigue
comes take a break, regroup. Take your vacation with the purpose of
strengthening your vocation. And there are those who quit because, 3) their
opportunities expired. We must strike while the iron is hot. That
doesn't mean more opportunities will not come our way for they are peering from
behind every problem, but opportunities do have a short shelf-life. Next, think
of those who quit because, 4) they've been fired. Donald Trump has made
a trademark out of the line, "You're fired!" Everyone gets fired in one way or
another. You may get canned by the boss, benched by the football coach,
divorced by your wife or sent to your room by a parent, but firings are a
reality of life. Composers hold the baton because they know how to face the
music. If you're going to hide in the corner and pout every time you face rejection,
you'll be cornered a lot. Let's let life's firings serve as the fire under our
pants that makes us leap off our seats!
Some have quit because, 5) they've retired.
That is, they cashed in their chips before the game was even close to over.
They pulled the lever on the recliner and kicked back. We have to hit the
pavement every day. It's a thinker's game; the mind has to be engaged. Heads
you win; tails you lose. Many more have quit because, 6) they are wrongly attired.
They lack in tact, don't dress for success and/or have a poor attitude. A smile
is the best accessory. A warm firm handshake also helps, people skills, and a
mastery of language. This is probably the sloppiest dressed generation of
Americans ever. No wonder the Orient is running away with our wallets. Note
also those who quit because, 7) they got mired. Eight-to-five, Monday
through Friday, collecting a check, paying bills and going through the ritual
can bog down ambition and creativity. We get in a groove which can become a
grave. Some are mired in negative talk, mired in debt, mired in friendships
that can be suicidal to growth. Tramping around in the quicksand only
exacerbates the problem. Last, and there are probably more, some quit because,
8) they have allowed themselves to be hired. The Bible speaks of the
hireling that sells his conscience, like Esau bargaining his birthright for a
bowl of pottage. Trading all your happiest dreams for things that "sort of
satisfy" is a sell-out. Shame on the girl who loves for hire, but what about
the forty year-old man who trades Lake Tahoe-size ability for farm pond-size
convenience? Like the prodigal son, he's gone to work for Old Man Mediocrity.
There is a ninth route we can take, that is,
get inspired. That means placing "spirit inside". Reenergize. Take a
stab again at prayer. Let God birth a new, bright, idea within. Get inspired
and the thought of quitting will once again seem abhorrent. For we are, as the
end of the text states, "of them that believe to the saving of the soul".