Living Life God's Way 12/3/2004; Never a Quitter
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Act as if what you do makes a difference.
Never A Quitter
Be steadfast....in the work of the Lord, knowing
that your labor is not in vain
1 Corinthians 15:58
A preacher who was growing weary in the ministry had a dream. He
saw himself pounding away at a huge chunk of granite with a pick axe. It
was his job to break it into small pieces. But hard as he tried, he
couldn't chip off even a tiny piece. At last, tired and disappointed, he
decided to give up.
Just then a stranger appeared and said, "Weren't you given orders
to do that work? Your duty is to give your best regardless of what
happens." The preacher, with a renewed determination, lifted the pick
axe high in the air and gave the granite a crushing blow. It broke into
a thousand pieces. He had almost quit - one blow too soon.
The Lord wants us to keep working at our God given task no matter
how difficult it might be. Even when success seems remote or impossible,
we are to remain steadfast, assured that there will be an ample reward
for those who persevere.
Have you ever grown tired in your service to God? Have you become
so discouraged that you're tempted to "throw in the towel?" Remember
that preacher's dream. Better still, remember God's promise spoken by
Paul: "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we
shall reap if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:9). -- Richard De Haan
The service that we give to Christ,
if steadfast we will be,
is sure to reap a rich reward
That someday we will see. - Sper
Failure is not defeat unless you stop trying
from Encourager; 6/25/2004
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