Dunn’s Grove Baptist Church in Albemarle, NC, where my dear friend, Jeremy Holt, is the pastor, has held a week-long revival meeting. So, I have had the opportunity to sit under some good, old-fashioned preaching. Bro. Mike Martin of Mooresville, NC, has been the guest preacher, and God has used him.
I have needed these meetings, and I needed them far more than I realized! I need the Bible! I need the preacher to preach to me! I need to sing and to hear Christ-honoring music! I need the fellowship of God’s people!
“Don’t quit.” That has been a truth hammered to me this week. That’s a message that needs repeating!
Did you hear what Mark Twain said about quitting?
Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a hundred times.”Mark Twain
There are days when I feel like I am absolutely at the end of my line. How can I pastor this church? How can I go back to church when I am totally numb? How do you go another day when you feel totally hopeless and defeated?
Don’t quit. Don’t quit on God. Don’t quit on your marriage. Don’t quit on your children. Don’t quit on that prayer you have prayed. Don’t quit on that ministry you have worked in. Don’t quit on your church family. Don’t quit hoping. Don’t quit doing what is right. Don’t give up. Don’t give in.
God has never quit on you; don’t quit on Him.
Let me share a poem with you Preacher Martin shared this week. I hope it helps you.
By Edgar Guest
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must—but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.Acts 20:24