sometimes that is all i need to hear: i need someone to look me straight in the eyes when i feel the world spinning around me and i start to doubt myself, God, and everyone else, and hear him/her say, don't give up.
remember the story (don't know if it is true or not, but still a great story either way) of king solomon asking a master jeweler to make him a ring and to inscribe it with a proverb. when the jeweler finally got the ring back to the king after taking great pains to make it just right, he inscribed on it, this too shall pass. in the amazing seasons of life when we feel like we are on the top of the world, we need the knowledge that this will not last forever to keep us sober minded and trusting God. in the dark seasons where it feels like we cannot last another day without looking for a way out, we need to know that this also will not last forever so we will not lose hope, quit right before the breakthrough, but keep trusting God.
the apostle paul knew this tendency in all of us and wrote to two separate churches a similar message:
let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. galatians 6:9
but as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. 2 thesalonians 3:13
how do we keep going on this journey? this weekend i heard julie meyer put it in these words as she described the journey of climbing the mountain of holiness that sometimes seems just an impossible feat. she said, day by day, step by step, choice by choice, yes by yes. sometimes it is simply the smallest yes in our hearts that counts in this journey we have embarked on to know the Lord and live this life we have before us. so i urge you, my friend, whatever it is you are facing in your particular journey in climbing this mountain...
don't give up.