Why You Should Never Give Up – Especially When Things get Tough!
By: Angela Joy
After a recent incredibly discouraging situation in my life I learned a valuable lesson that I hope I never forget (and you won’t either).
For me, it was integral that I took the time needed to be angry, upset, and stressed. I tried everything in my power to try and ‘fix’ the situation (I think we all fall guilty to this). In return, my efforts left me discouraged, empty, angry and bitter. I wanted to give up. In fact many times I did give up.
I took this valuable time to consider what my options were. My situation involved a career decision. I could go an alternate route, pursue other licensure, go back to my previous academic degree field of study, or keep going!
If I wanted to get to where I dreamt, hoped, prayed and desired to go – then I needed to do what was required to get there. Yes – I have come a long way. Yes – I thought I would be there by now. Yes – this would cost more money. Yes – this will cost more time. Yes – this would be incredibly difficult. Yes, yes, yes. Regardless – this is my option. And if I am one hundred percent dedicated to achieving my goal – then this is the option I am going to pursue.
Most people around me don’t understand. My parents think my decision is ridiculous. I am sure if explained many would question, critique and criticize. But in the end, does what other people think about your life and your decisions ultimately matter? No. No, it does not.
They are not the ones waking up every day and living your life … you are! Therefore, you owe it to yourself to give your goals your ALL (regardless of what others may say). And, even if that means doing more, working extra, spending more money, dedicating more time, and going the extra mile. Even if you think you can’t, you likely CAN!
Things worth having, are things worth working for. Don’t forget that.
One thing God has made clear to me, I will 110% appreciate the things that I work harder for over the things that have just fell into my life.
The things that are handed to me seem to be easily forgotten, less appreciated and less important.
However, the things I worked hard for, those are the things that I never forget! These are the things I greatly value and hold close to my heart. These are the things that define you.
BUT it’s going to be so hard! Well, yes it is. Isn’t that why we need God? (For that and many other reasons of course) This is why we call on Him. We need Him for the things that are too difficult for us to handle. The things that seem impossible. Because in fact, they are impossible – in our own strength. That is why we give it to Him. When we put our life in His hands – He will take care of everything.
He places us into positions where we are unqualified, the work appears to be too difficult, the bills are too high, the expectations are too high – ultimately the circumstances are without our control. And – just when you think you can’t go any longer – He shows up. He swoops in and does His work. In His perfect timing.
In summary, I urge you not to give up when things get hard in this life. Hard work and difficult situations are inevitable!!!! We were made for difficult. We should expect difficult. No matter what you do in life there are going to be difficulties. There is even a scripture in the Bible to prove it!
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33
So, do the work, trust in God, ask Him for help, and have faith! It will ALL work out – for His good, His purpose
And all of that hard work, long hours, lost brain cells, and lost hours of sleep – will all pay off!!!!! 😉 J