Finding Courage When All You Want to Do Is Quit

If you just want to give up, this word is for you.
If you just want to give up, this word is for you. (Pixabay/Leroy_Skalstad)

Sometimes, I feel tired.

Sometimes, I feel I'm spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I'm failing to meet the expectations of others.

Sometimes I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life: being a great husband, a great dad and a great pastor.

However—

I always know God's approval matters more than the approval of others.

I always know He equips those He calls and that I am adequate and can do all things through Him who gives me strength, even when I'm tired.

I always know I am redeemed, forgiven and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.

And therefore, I know that moving forward in faith is the right, best and wisest thing to do.

Living by what I feel is a deadly choice.

Living by what I know, based on the unchanging truth of Scripture, is a life-giving choice: "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that Day" (2 Tim. 1:12). 

know. Do you?

I am sure. Are you?

Brandon Cox has been a pastor since he was 19 and has served churches, large and small, including serving as a pastor at Saddleback Church. Currently, he is planting a purpose-driven church in northwest Arkansas. He also serves as editor of pastors.com and Rick Warren's Pastors' Toolbox, and authors a top 100 blog for church leaders as well as a blog about men's issues, a blog about blogging and a blog about social media.

This article originally appeared on brandonacox.com.

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