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Don't quit; it never pays off

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POSTED: July 27, 2009 10:21 a.m.
One of the most well known scriptures we hear, read and remember is John 3:16 and it says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever beliveth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Today I want you to look a little deeper at what happened here. I ask you what would have happened if Jesus decided to quit? Bottom line, we would not have an opportunity to have everlasting life. We’d perish.
In this 21st century we see people quit something every day. We quit school, work, family and relationships. Why? Because we can! Let’s go back just 40 years. We don’t even have to go back to the time of Jesus to see the impact of quitting. I could write a whole book on this subject, but I am just going to talk about three topics: marriage, school and work. Let’s look at the differences between 1969 and 2009.
In 1969 there was no debate about the definition of a family and divorce was unusual. We all wanted to have and be part of a family. In 2009 we are trying to redefine family and the divorce rate is unusually high.
In 1969 we were fighting for  educational rights and we wanted to go to school to better ourselves. In 2009 we have access to education and we are dropping out like flies. Schools are trying to do whatever they can to get us to stay and graduate.
In 1969 we were fighting for the opportunity to work and provide for our families. Today we don’t want work and when we find jobs we want, we often lack the education to perform them.
The common thing in all these cases is that we quit. This is not a black or white thing. Quitters have no color. Why are we quitting and settling for nothing? If we just think of where we want to be in the future we would see the impact of quitting.
Where would we be if Jesus quit? He did not quit and because he did not quit there is hope, faith, love and an opportunity for everlasting life.
God does not want quitters. He wants to help us to be winners. Look to God for the strength, encouragement and power to make it through. Tell someone, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”  God bless you and yours.

Andrews is president of the United Ministerial Alliance.
 

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