I want to quit every day.
And sometimes before I even get started.
Take my morning exercises. I want to quit before the first crunch.
Or, I feel like quitting a project that’s running way behind, consumed too much energy, and is frustrating me.
And the list goes on even including more personal matters like my marriage, friendships, and even God.
Here are 3 reasons I keep going instead of quitting:
When I want to quit, it’s because I’m exhausted. I’ve done everything I know to do and the results just aren’t working.
You have work days like that, right?
The sales pipeline is empty. The inbox is devoid of contracts. The phone quit ringing.
You reach into your bag of work tricks one more time, search around in the bottom, and come up empty-handed.
It’s in that very moment—when you’re out of tricks—that you must stick around and see what God will do. The Holy Spirit waited until you were ready for options beyond your own to converge resources in a miraculous way.
Your desire to quit is God’s opportunity to fulfill.
When you want to quit, stick around to see what God will do.
When I want to quit, it’s because I’m angry, even ticked off. The situation is just wrong.
You know what that’s like.
Somebody made promises they didn’t keep. You kept up your end of the bargain, maybe even did part of their work for them. They dropped the ball and don’t seem to be bothered at all. And you can’t fix it.
It’s in that very moment—when you can’t fix it—that you must wait around for God to make things right. The Holy Spirit loves to work on behalf of the oppressed and down-hearted, those who have been done wrong, and yet waits for you to turn your anger over to Him. Then God moves in to make things right. Most of the time slowly and yet surely and yet things get made right.
When you want to quit, especially in anger, wait around for God to make things right.
When I want to quit, it’s because I don’t think anyone is listening to me. That thought leads to a proverbial pity party where I imagine I’m not enough for the job. I’m a poser, just pretending to do the work I’ve signed on for.
You know what I’m talking about.
Inadequate. Insufficient. Ineffective.
It’s in this very moment—when your pity party is at a fevered pitch—that you count around for the numbers of times God listened previously. And know that God will listen again. Now.
When you want to quit, pour your heart out to God. Empty yourself of all the exhaustion, anger, and self-pity.
Tell God all about your work problems. It’s prayer even if you rant.
The God who created the universe and you in particular cares for every detail of your work life, especially when you want to quit.
Count on God to listen.
Stick around to see what God will do.
Wait around for God to make things right.
Count around for all the previous experiences of Divine Listening and know this one is yet another.
Then get up and back in the game.
Work Faith Positive and increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette
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