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Keep Going vs. Give Up


We decided to hike Ryan’s Mountain in Joshua Tree just as the wind picked up to 50 mph. The higher we climbed, the windier and colder it got. We even lost our footing a few times. It would have been easy to give up and enjoy a hot breakfast instead, but we decided to keep going. And boy, was it worth it when we saw the panoramic view from the top!

It’s much harder to keep going when I experience problems that linger with no clear solution in sight. When my children face challenges that persist, my efforts are unappreciated, or when I feel taken advantage of for doing the right thing. Sometimes then, I want to give up and do what’s easy.

Thankfully that’s not the way of Christ, whom, as followers, we try to emulate. He always does the right thing no matter how much it costs, how He was treated, or what was happening around Him. We have victory and eternal life because of the great work He did for us on the cross.

The Bible helps us keep doing good by giving us fighting words of hope that strengthen and encourage us when life gets difficult. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

The Bible is my guidebook to life, giving me direction and stamina to continue to do the right thing and to share the true hope I have found in its pages.

God works in our struggles. He has a bigger plan than what we can see. His timing seems long sometimes, but He is working in us and through us to accomplish His brilliant purposes right on time.

If you are on an uphill climb, keep going. It’s glorious at the top.


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