Suffering? Come on!

Philippians chapter one has an inescapable point its making. Verse 30 says, “For you have been called by him to endure the conflict in the same way I have endured it—for you know I’m not giving up.”

As a former “quitter,” I used to give up when opportunities I had been given demanded more than I had to give them. Several key opportunities were lost in the early days of my walk with the Lord for the lack of tenacity. Those points of suffering were designed to increase capacity. Oh, I could describe occasions of tears and screaming, “It’s too hard.” But I know I’m the only one who’s ever been there. Right?

Romans 5:3-4 speaks of the Greek work thlipsis. Trouble, distress, oppression, tribulation; they’re strong words for tough situations. But these things produce something that nothing else can; perseverance, proven character and hope.

Winston Churchill encouraged me on many circumstance. Never give up, never give up, never give up. Maybe those words will help someone today.

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