If you have never been in the place where it seemed like more was against you than it was for you, then, as older folks have told me, “keep living!”
When it seems like debts, disasters and decisions tend to be the thing that’s holding your dream hostage, it is an easy feeling to just blow off whatever that’s in your heart that’s good to do and just go on with your life.
Because of issues in our lives, many of us have simply stopped writing, blogging, drawing, speaking, teaching, preaching and much more.
And people suffer as a result of that.
I have 3 reasons that I can pull from the top of my head on why giving up is just not an option:
My Family Can’t Afford It!
No…seriously…as a husband, as a man…I can’t afford to just “give up!” It’s okay to take a break and really reflect, but, after you’ve prayed and cried, you have to have faith and go forward.
You have to make the choice to stand up even when you feel like sitting down.
Someone Is Watching!
Somewhere out there, I can imagine a young me, sitting somewhere on a computer or playing with their smartphone and running into a drawing on Instagram I did or an article I wrote.
Perhaps that kid is lonely, lost and filled with anxiety. This is the kid that needs to know that they are not alone and that they too can be encouraged to not “give up.”
And it’s not just kids…it’s adults too.
This is one of many reasons why I keep writing, drawing and creating stuff!
“Somebody is always watching” I’ve been told. That’s not to be taken as creepy. Fact is, you’re an example and an influence to somebody.
The Calling on My Life
When I don’t write or draw or create, it really, really bugs me. Even at my worst, there’s still something that just burns in me that says “yeah, I still want to do this! I must be a special kind of crazy!”
But, that’s awesome!
I believe that the Lord called me to the work that I do and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m learning more and more about what I’m here on this planet for and it is amazing. It’s humbling.
What Do I Do To Get My Groove Back
On days that I just feel a sense of failure and wanting to throw in the towel, it is usually because I have not properly taken care of myself.
If I haven’t taken time to pray, read my Bible, rest and relax or even journal a little, I get a little cranky…spiritually, mentally and physically. These are my must have things to do FIRST to survive and accomplish anything and everything that needs to be done.
I also look at my schedule book, reviewing what needs to be done and what can wait.
And there’s something about just “DOING” something! Even if it is to go outside and get fresh air and take walks, the momentum of exercise really helps get things going.
Tuesday, I was reading a devotional on my Bible app and it got things for me going. I then passed on the lesson to my wife. Turns out, she needed a Word as much as I did.
Because of not giving up, I was able to be a blessing to somebody else!
And even if being a blessing to somebody else was all that was accomplished that day…then that was a pretty big accomplishment!