You Just Can't Quit
Jeremiah 20: 7-11
On July 4, 1952, on a fog shrouded morning, a young woman named Florence Chadwick waded into the water off of Catalina Island. Her sole intention was to be the first woman to swim the 21 miles from Catalina Island to the California Coast. Long distance swimming was not something that was new to her; for, she had been the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. However, that days' test, was one she had yet to face.
The water was numbing cold that day. Also, the fog was so thick that she could hardly see the boats in her party. Several times, sharks had to be driven away with gun fire. She swan more than 15 hours before she asked to be taken out of the water. Her trainer tried to encourage her to swim on, because they were so close to the coast; but, when Florence looked, all she saw was fog. As a result, she quit, less than one-half mile from her goal. Later she said, "I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have seen my destination, I might have made it!"
When I read that, I thought, that, many times, we too, face the same plight that this noted swimmer faced. We have no intention of failing, or quitting; however, because we can't see what's ahead of us, we often times do.
There is an old legend that tells of how the devil once advertised his tools for sale at a public auction. When the prospective buyers gathered, there was one tool labeled, "Not For Sale!" When he was asked why it wasn't for sale, the devil replied, "I can spare my other tools, but I cannot spare this one. It is the most useful tool I have. It is called "Discouragement!"
As I look around today, one of the saddest, most disturbing things that I see is that so many Christians are living in despair, defeat, and discouragement. No doubt, these are difficult day, in which we live, and many find themselves affected by various outside influences. As a result, they ha ...
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