Don’t Give Up – Part Two

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3: 23, 24)

You, too, can be productive. You can enjoy the euphoria of knowing what you have done you did to the best of your ability. Most failure is not caused by a lack of ability but because of distractions resulting in giving up before finishing. Don’t allow yourself the luxury of being distracted before finishing a project.

Most people who give up, give up on themselves before they give up on the project.

It was said of Joan of Arc, “She set her course and went down it like a bolt of lightning.” First, she set her course. She planned and strategized before acting.

Prayerfully plan your activities and once a specific course of action is decided on, commit yourself to it without reservations.        

Former President Calvin Coolidge wisely encouraged, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Education will not, the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” He is saying persistence is more important than talent or education. Not everyone has talent and education, but anyone can manifest persistence and determination.   

That is code language for will power. Don’t tolerate yourself with the excuse, “I could have done it if I had wanted to.”                                                    

Choose for yourself a project manager, a supervisor. Having chosen the Lord for this role, do what you do “as to the Lord.” Seek to please Him, not others, not even yourself.

After complying with these concepts and you still fail at a task, you can know you did it heartily. Therein is gratification.

Post these truths on your job site.

“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” (II Thessalonians 3: 13)

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6: 9)

“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” (Hebrews 10: 36)

Keep the faith factor fresh in your mind for “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”