You’re in the middle of something right now — maybe even something great — and you want to quit.
Some activities, habits, and attitudes we should quit. I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about quitting on your calling, your relationships, your work — the things you know you should do. Do you ever just want to tap out on those things because they’re just really hard?
Here’s three good reasons not to quit on good things:
Your Not Supposed to Quit
Things like your calling — your real purpose in life — you’re not supposed to quit. You can’t tap out of being who God made and appointed you to be. “It’s really hard, though,” you say. Yes. Yes it is. That’s because it’s good, and everything good is hard. An unhealthy side effect of our overly-coddled culture is the belief that when opposition comes (or just when the good vibes leave) we must be in the wrong lane. That’s not true. If God commands it, you’re to do. Don’t stop.
Jesus Didn’t Quit
Let’s talk about the archetype for perseverance a moment. Jesus didn’t quit. He didn’t hang up his gloves because his team still didn’t get it. He didn’t roll back when his family thought he was nuts. He didn’t even quit when the Roman soldiers were ripping the flesh of his back, nailing him to a cross, and watching him die, slowly. He didn’t quit.
Maybe you’re suffering right now. Suffering doesn’t mean you should stop. God uses our suffering to build our character, purge our sin, and make us stronger. I’m really glad Jesus didn’t quit when it was hard. Don’t quit.
God Gives Persevering Grace to the Persevering
God doesn’t abandon you when it’s tough. The genius of the Christian story is the way God remains omnipotent while entering into human suffering, and overcomes. Because Jesus overcame this world, he can now give overcoming grace to those of us still in it. I know it’s tough right now. God gives grace when it’s tough. He is with us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. His grace is there to sustain.
Whatever you’re in the middle of right now, don’t quit. Show up, ask God for help, keep going.1