Endurance (4 of 5) by Rick White
This content is part of a series.Endurance (4 of 5)
Series: Who You Are When No One's Looking
Introduction: Looking back over the past decade of your life, what do you wish you had not quit? Do you wish you had finished high school, college or graduate school? Do you wish you had kept on taking piano, voice, or dance lessons? Do you wish you had stayed with your previous job? Do you wish you had continued to work on your relationship with your spouse? Do you wish you had maintained that long-term friendship that has long since past? Do you wish you had kept on walking with the Lord?
Most of try not to think about our failures any more than we have to; in fact, Scripture itself cautions us not to live in the past. But occasionally there can be some positive benefits when we consider the high cost of quitting. Some people live with the scars and emotions of having quit on something or someone. They continue to ask, ''Why did I cash in so easily?''
The answer is obvious: it is infinitely easier to quit than to endure. It is easier to
. . ... go out and play than to practice scales
. . ... to watch TV after work than to take night classes
. . ... to walk out of the room during conflict rather than get through it.
. . ... to read the paper and drink coffee than to come to church.
. . ... to do what you want to do with your life than to kneel before God, turn the reins over to him, and wait patiently, expectantly, and sometimes agonizingly for him to lead you.
. . ... It's easier to quit following Jesus than to go through the painful process of daily surrender.
It's almost always easier to quit than to endure.
THE TESTIMONY OF ONE WHO QUIT
For Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
THE BENEFITS OF ENDURANCE
(James 1:12) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised ...
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