Be Tenacious

“My only aim is to finish the race” Acts 20:24

Paul writes, “In every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Ac 20:23-24) Dr John Maxwell says one day when he was discouraged and tempted to quit, he took out a dictionary and looked up the word “quit.” After spending a few minutes considering that option, in a symbolic act of defiance he took out his scissors and cut the word right out of the dictionary. It didn’t make his problems go away, but it sure did strengthen his resolve. 

When every avenue looks like a dead end and you feel like you’ve exhausted every possibility – you haven’t. There are Don't give up!always other ways, other options, other opportunities. Even if you don’t see them right now, they are there. So don’t give up. Former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey once said, “A champion is one who gets back up when he can’t.” People who reach their goal keep going when they think they can’t. They’re tenacious, and as a result they keep moving closer to their goal day by day. Some days they may be moving only a few inches at a time, but they’re moving forward. They believe in their God given destiny, they believe in themselves, and they say so. 

Now saying you believe in yourself won’t guarantee your success, but saying you don’t believe in yourself will guarantee failure. The truth is, you’re not alone, God is with you. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isa 40:29) So be tenacious! 

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