You may feel defeated
at the moment, but you're not finished. That happens only
when you quit - and quitting isn't an option for you! Can
you think of one quitter - just one - who ever accomplished
anything worth remembering?
When John Wesley was forbidden to preach in a certain church,
instead of giving up, he went to a nearby cemetery where his
father was buried and, using his father's tomb as a pulpit,
he preached and won souls to Christ. John Knox, founder of
the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, often had to be helped
up the steps into his pulpit. But once he was there, he preached
with such passion that a nation turned to God.
One night, George Whitefield returned from a preaching tour,
extremely tired. As he lit a candle and prepared to climb
the stairs to his bedroom, he noticed a group of people gathered
in front of his house. So he invited them into his foyer and,
candle in hand, preached his last message from the stairway.
That night he died in his sleep.
Storms come for a reason. They also come for a season. Discover
the reason and become wiser. Outlast the season and become
stronger - but never, never quit! Jesus had a purpose for
getting through the storm - to bring help to a man on the
other side. And God has a purpose in your getting through
it, too; one that will affect the lives of others. So,"be
strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."