Quit Trying

Philippi

Philippi (Photo credit: wallygrom)

It’s not about trying, you know, having a relationship with God. It’s not something you try to do.

You don’t try to be faithful to your spouse. You commit to it. You don’t try to go to work and make money.

You do it.

What’s that you say?  You messed up last time?

So it was hard.

So you failed.

Dont stop.

Dont be a quitter.

Your unseen enemies laugh when you give up.

Is that how you want to go down?

You are worth more than that.

You are worth so much in fact that Someone willingly experienced gruesome pain and suffering just for the chance of spending eternity with you.   That Someone deserves more than to see you throw up your hands and say “I tried.”

Tried.  In your own strength, which can only result in frustration and bitterness. Trying implies that maybe you can do it, or maybe not.  Maybe you’ll just give up when it gets too hard

Get up.

Go again.

Don’t stop.

There is a victory rightfully yours just waiting for you to lay hold of. You may not taste the victory right away. It may taste more like pain at first. Like a good workout.

But it will come.

And you will taste sweet goodness like you’ve never tasted, and wonder, why you waited so long.

Why you wasted all that time trying.

He never meant this life to be about trying. He means it to be about tasting his love.  If we will only quit trying, if we will let go of the painful memory of the last time we gave up trying, and just say yes to Him . . . .

If right now you cannot imagine summoning the will or determination to choose Him, if it has been so long since you’ve even felt like choosing Him that you forget how . . . all you have to do is ask Him.  Ask him for the desire to choose Him. For the determination to keep after Him.  To push on toward the prize. He will surely not refuse such a request.

Philippians 2:13-14  “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

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5 thoughts on “Quit Trying

  1. In the immortal words of Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try.” I also think of a quote from Wayne Jacobson, “Gods good, your bad, try harder.” Either commit to doing something or don’t. And the quote from Wayne is so freeing because we don’t need to be any better for Father. He already loves us. We don’t even have to try.

    • Yes, Cheryl! so good. thanks so much for your comment. (Love the Yoda quote. heehee.)

      We don’t have to try.

      He was fully aware that we were sinners when He paid for our lives on the cross.

      He never asks us to be perfect – just to say yes to him.

      Although, once we do say yes, something within us (the Holy Spirit) stirs us to make changes which make it easier for us to stay on the narrow road…

  2. This is fantastic! I tweeted a link(hope you don’t mind).

    Rondom note: The similarities between you and my roommate(one of them anyway) are striking friend!

    Thank you for sharing!

    much love & hugs & prayers

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