“A Warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does”
What is it that you love? Can you define love? Maybe you love your spouse, your job, your friend, your neighbor, God..?
Here is what The Word of God defines as love:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” - 1 Corinthians 13:4–7
So, as described in the bible, love is patient, kind. It is not envious, nor boasting or proud. It does not dishonor, nor is it self-seeking. Love is not easily anger, it doesn’t keep records of wrongs. It delights in the truth. Love always protects, it is built on trust, always hopes, it always perseveres. Love never gives up, it never fails.
Do you give up on your wife, or husband if she or he becomes ill, gains weight, becomes physically unappealing to you, or that she becomes weak or slips into sin?
Do you give up on your job because you had a bad day/week/month/year or your boss is a jerk?
Do you give up on your neighbor because he or she borrowed something and never gave it back?
Do you give up on your friend because he or she doesn’t call you, go to church with you, or fallen into sin?
Do you give up on God because you do not “feel” like going to church, or reading your bible, or striving to demonstrate love to those that are hardest to love?
Do we strive to be believers after God’s own heart as King David in the bible, able to slay our Giants with faith and determination? What type of Race are we running from Hebrews 12:1–3? Are we Fighting the Good Fight? Are we finishing the race? Will we finish the race well?
“I JUST WANT TO QUIT!”
Has those words crossed your mind or you lips? Has life gotten so tough, the setback(s) seemingly so immense, your current circumstances so intense that you just wanted to quit, hang up the towel, and move on?
Maybe it was a crappy job, an unsuccessful relationship, an organization, work out or weight loss program. Heck, maybe life in general to where you just wanted to pack up your bags and run away into the mountains away from it all.
If you can answer yes, you are being honest, because most everyone has wanted to quit something in their lives.
However, anything in life that is worthwhile, that has rewards, takes hard work. Success is not easy, life is not easy. And yes, often the greater the challenge or risk, greater the reward.
First of all I am no guru on success, and not giving up. I have given up before, just being honest. However, most of what I have given up on, I have regretted doing so. I have also made mistakes and failed, but learned well that you do not truly fail unless you never get back up or not learn from your mistakes. So from my mistakes and failures I have learned better what to give my all, and what not necessarily is worth trying.
I have learned the most important things I have, and I desire, and those that I truly love, are worth not giving up on, pretty much under any circumstance. Such examples are my children, my faith, and should be my health of mind, body and soul.
If a program or process will greatly improve my health, my faith, and the betterment or lively-hood for and of my children, then I should never throw in the towel. I should never give up. I should trust the process, or program, and persevere.
How about you? Have you wanted to give up on something or someone? Have you given up before? Have you not given up, trusted the program or process and reaped the rewards? What were those rewards, and what advice could you give to others from your experiences?
“You armed me with strength for battle.” — Psalm 18:39