“Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
“You’re a liar. You should just quit now.”
A few weeks ago, I opened my Instagram DM’s to these words. During my lunch break, I opened up my messages to find this message: paragraphs long, riddled with harassment and curse words. CUE EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWN. Tears and tears and tears and tears. (Now, I was PMSing a bit, but if you were to see these messages, I think you’d feel the same.)
This stranger kept bashing me and calling me a liar. I desperately tried to reason with her and plead my case but there was no convincing her. Unfortunately, she was set on dragging me through the mud and making up random assumptions. Someone who didn’t even know me.
After just deleting the messages altogether, I sat in silence. The first emotion that bubbled to the surface was sadness. The second emotion was anger; I’m pretty sure there was fire coming out of my ears like a cartoon. It blew my mind that someone would attack me online. The last emotion was defeat. I stared at my phone and wondered if doing this whole “Instagram/blog ministry” thing was even worth it.
WHOA. Pump the breaks, right?! You’re probably wondering how one nasty message made me want to throw in the towel altogether? How did one bully’s DM make me want to quit the whole social media game?
I’ll tell you why: Because it was nasty. Because it was rude. And because the going suddenly got tough.
Let me ask you a question. Have you ever felt like quitting? Have you ever felt like giving up on something just because things got a little hard? Have you ever felt like giving up on your job, schooling, relationship or ministry because you hit a dead end? Have you ever felt like giving up because things weren’t as easy as they used to be?
DING DING DING! That’s where I was at that fateful day in the lunch room — sitting with snot running down my nose and my phone on the floor. Ready to quit something that God had called me too just. because. things. got. hard.
^^ Matthew 7:14 says it perfectly. Jesus never promised that the Christian life would be easy. He never promised that it would all be sunshine and rainbows. There will always be tough things — there will always be things that make us want to quit. But what Jesus did promise is that life would be full, purposeful, full of joy and full of hope if we put our trust in Him. Life will be hard. We are going to want to quit a time or two. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
So why should we keep going?
Why shouldn’t we just quit?
Isn’t quitting easier? YES. It’s the easy way out. When something bad or uncomfortable happens, quitting seems like an easy way to cope. However, life with Christ isn’t about taking the easy way out. It’s about persevering through the hard times so that the world can see HIM. Colossians 3:17 encourages us to do everything for God’s glory — for God’s name to be spread even further across the world!
And you know what the coolest thing is?! We don’t have to keep fighting empty-handed. Deciding to push on instead of quitting requires SO. MUCH. STRENGTH. Paul says in Philippians 4:13 that he can do “all things through Christ who strengthens him.” The apostle Paul realizes where his strength to push on comes from.
It doesn’t come from his biceps or his willpower. It comes from Christ Jesus who defeated sin and death on a cross and rose again to win our hearts. And if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. And He empowers you to persevere. All we have to do is ask for Him to infuse us with it and be willing to follow Him into the unknown.
Friend, I’m with you. I know how it feels to be utterly hopeless and feel like just throwing in the towel. I know what it feels like to come up against opposition — nasty people and nasty circumstances. I know what it feels like to want to quit. I know what it feels like to want to up on something that God has specifically called you to — just because it’s hard.
But I hope you know that quitting isn’t the only option. I hope you know that you have a Heavenly Father who has supernatural strength and wants you to show the world that you’re His — and you’re willing to fight for His kingdom, even when the going gets tough.
When God has called you to something, no matter if it’s a job, a relationship, a ministry or a city, He will always give you the strength to face it. Don’t let Satan win and say, “Ha. I made them break under pressure.” Put on your armor and get ready to keep going because there is so much hope and joy ahead.
“He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion…”