Tuesday: January 27, 2020

Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

To ‘give up’ is a choice made intentionally. On one hand, it could hint at throwing in the towel and walking away from a situation to prevent it from getting out of hand. An example of this would be opting to ‘lose’ intentionally amidst a row that has real potential to readily escalate. But for the context of this discussion, let’s consider this alternative description where ‘giving up’ suggests to throw one’s hands up and accept the current state of affairs as they are, along with the future expectation that things will not improve.

However, once a decision to ‘give up’ is made, reasons have to be provided: why did you give up? Why did you not keep pushing? Why did you just admit defeat? Why this or that. It may seem it is society that wants answers for our choices, but often, we are the ones who seek these answers for ourselves. We want to be able to reason within and conclude that we made the right call in the face of the prevailing circumstances.

Recently I heard something that got me thinking and I don’t know how it applies uniquely to your situation but ponder on this: ‘the moment you give up, you start looking for excuses. But when you think it is possible, you start looking for a way.’ Sweetheart, you may currently be walking through very torrential rains, with winds that appear to be overwhelming you, but keep walking forward for even the strongest of winds die down at the voice of a wind whisperer named Jesus. And guess what, He is in your boat.


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