Reading Holly Gareth’s post If We Had coffee today I’d say…You Have Something to Offer reminded me that what I count as little can be just enough for someone. It’s the second time (actually make that the third time because the whisperer spoke similar words to me on Friday morning) this week I have been told to keep using what I have. My bloggy friend LaVonne doused me with a loving splash of much needed water when she shared these words in her comment on Awesome He Is.
The blog you write, even when you post something short, may be just the word that brings release to some limping soul that day. Keep praying. Keep pursuing. Keep praising. Keep speaking the word that gives life.
When those two ladies penned the words they shared, they had no way of knowing just how soothing their words would be. Like most people there are times, I feel so small. Times when I wonder is there a point to it all. Times I look at these hands and say how Lord can use this–it’s so simple.
So today I simply share the simple lines that were giving to me this morning as I walked. Don’t quit so soon! I can’t even tell you how many projects I have started and stopped this year. And even worse, there are things I have failed to start because I was afraid of never reaching the finish line. I hate being a failure and to start but never finish feels like failing to me.
Oh boy did I want to quit walking this morning. You see walking is one of those things I started but didn’t finish. As the weather heated up, I fizzled out. Starting back up again, my body quickly reminded me that I had been at rest too long. My feet hurt, my right shoe didn’t feel so comfortable….blah, blah I had lots of complaints or excuses I needed to bury. But as I kept walking and changed my focus from what my body was feeling to words the song was saying, my attitude began to shift. It was no longer a burdensome chore but rather I was finding delight in my companionship with God.
It was then I hear the whisper, “you quit too soon”. That statement encompassed more than just my walking but other areas of my life.
Have you quit praying before you receive the answer?
When Is It Too Soon
Quitting too soon is not about just seeing a particular result that we have conceived in our mind. It’s too soon when we are still relying on our own strength. Our strength can get depleted pretty fast and it’s not such a bad thing to expend it. Because it’s then that we can make use of strength that exceeds our strength. We need the super attached to our natural endeavors.
Wouldn’t you know I had more to share than I was even aware. As you enjoy your Saturday, take time to see if there is something you may have quit too soon.
Sometimes we quit too soon in our praying, our worshipping, our waiting or our seeking. Is there a relationship or wayward family member or friend you have disconnected? Is there a project or dream you have closed the door on?
Perhaps you have quit too soon.
What Other’s Are Sharing About Quitting
- Not a quitter! (pastorscottcarlson.wordpress.com)
- The Art of Quitting (ljsilentg.com)
- 5 Things to Do When You Want to Quit Blogging (shoutmeloud.com)