Don’t Give Up

There are days when things seem to spiral out of control. Especially when I read or listen to the news. Who would have ever imagined the world as it is today?! And when I listen to the news, I ache for what is not and seemingly can not be. Yet ….”

Instead of riots, I yearn for a world where we are all color-blind and overflowing with love and care for one another. Instead of a virus that mushrooms into a pandemic that just won’t go away, I yearn for a world where we can meet with neighbors and friends without social distancing, a world where hugs abound and masks are never seen. Instead of empty food shelves, I long for the produce stands of my past, where happy farmers not only had plenty of fresh and beautiful vegetables, but also homemade bread and pies, and homegrown kindness and friendliness. Instead of a country developing into factions of right or left and good or evil, I yearn for a world where differences are celebrated as we see ourselves as a unique creation from an Almighty God.

Can we get there? Somedays, my hope grows faint.

Winston Churchill, in the middle of World War II and the bombing raids on his country, responded with: “Never, never, never give up.”

Never lose hope. So I focus on all the wonderful things I have to be thankful for – beautiful, sunny skies, the gorgeous mimosa tree outside my kitchen window, a car that still takes me where I want to go. Grocery stores that still carry multigrain bread, strawberries, broccoli, and salmon. And toilet paper! A church that is now open for worship and Christian brothers and sisters who will come.

A. W. Tozer once said, “Outside the will of God, there is nothing I want. And in the will of God there is nothing I fear.” His words remind me that God indeed has a plan, even in the midst of all that is happening, and if I focus on His will, I can take that next step and face that next day. And never, never, never give up.

I pray that when you are discouraged, you are able to find something wonderful about your day, even if it’s only a birdsong, a flower in your garden or perhaps your neighbor’s garden, or best of all, a return smile from a neighbor after you’ve given one of your own.

Friend, you are extremely valuable and dearly loved by your heavenly Father. He delights in you. When the circus of this world seems to be out of control, try to remember how much God loves you, and don’t give up.

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