Never Give Up!

Philippians 3: 12 - 14 12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,I do not consider that I have made it my own;but this one thing I do:forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Grace, peace and love to you in Jesus name.

Have you ever felt like giving up? Throwing in the towel? Calling it a day?

At one time or another, we all can reach a point where we cannot seem to catch a break but the breaks continue to beat us down. Life has its curveballs, fastballs, knuckleballs and spitballs which seem to be thrown one after another. Between finance, romance and happenstance we can grow weary and tired.

But I wish to encourage all of us to do one thing: Press On! Don't give up. Rest, yes. Recover, yes. Refresh, yes. But let us not resign ourselves to moving forward in faith, hope and love.

Many, many moons ago, prior to my double lung transplant, I was in Seattle, WA with my father and step-mother. We admired the beautiful mountainous landscape from both a distance and close-up. At one point we drove to the base of Mt. Rainier and my father and I started to hike around the mountain. All around us were beautiful flowery meadows and snow-capped peaks glistening in the sun.

Eventually, we noticed an area of snow perhaps half a mile above us on the mountainside. Although my breathing was already quite compromised, I was determined to set foot in the snow on a warm August day.

So my father and I pressed on toward the snow. As we climbed higher and higher it became more and more difficult for me to climb. But you know what helped me to press on? My father. My dad kept encouraging me to keep going, keep climbing, and keep stepping one step at a time. He would insist we stop to rest for a moment but once I had recovered my breath, together we pressed on.

One of the key components to continue the climb and press on in life is to surround yourself with people who will encourage you to press on and not discourage you to give up. Choose friends and acquaintances who lift you up, not bring you down.

Yes, life is difficult and filled with dilemmas. But thank God for people who can share the gifts of faith, hope and love to fuel us for the work which lies ahead.

Let us press on together, encouraging each other one step at a time!

Love, Pastor G

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