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Don’t give up!

purpose, giving up, action, devotion

By: Adam Stluka

Director of Venue Relations Varsity Brands

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

How many times in our lives are we thrown into situations and literally think “There is no way out of this?”  The feelings of panic roll down our spine and instant cold sweats peer across our foreheads.  We start thinking of viable excuses or ways to escape knowing in the back of our minds that we are stuck and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.  We are consumed with giving up no matter how minor or significant the task is before us.  Right now you are probably re-living those moments in your head as you read this.  Did you give up in those situations or move forward?

A lot of things happen in our lives that we don’t understand whether it be good or bad.  It’s obviously easier to give up or give in when we are tested but what do we gain from that?  Where do we learn and better our self, our life and our faith if we run at the first moment of despair?  From the verse above, it says we should trust in the Lord. We can’t rely on our own understandings as we are human, flawed and truly incapable of knowing what the best path for us to be on is. Throughout my childhood, I had always been put in the spotlight at church or church gatherings whether it would be singing or reading aloud.  Later in life I’d even been asked to speak in somewhat large events about God’s grace but let’s cap that at around 75 people max.  While on mission in Uganda, we had only been to the orphanage for merely a day when I was asked by a few local people if I would mind speaking to the men in the next village.  They said about 20 people and I instantly felt that was manageable for me, at least in my comfort zone.  The next day I loaded up and headed across town with a few notes jotted down on the back of some scratch paper I found in my Bible.  As we pulled through the mud packed walls I noticed a large circus like tent with over 500 people standing underneath it.  Panic/fear/cold sweats – all the above took over my body at once.  I knew there was no way out I simply smiled and looked up thanking God for his sense of humor and instantly felt comfort come over me.  I knew if I trusted Him, I’d be ok.

Put into action:  Don’t give up!  When those moments enter your life that seems too big to comprehend start trusting in God and you will see the difference.  We have to fully give it over to Him and know He understands why and how, you only need to have faith and trust in Him to overcome!

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