My father and I shared a love of poetry. "Don't Quit" was one of his favorites and I still cherish it to this day, even though my Dad died over 40 years ago. The thoughts expressed in that poem have inspired me to keep going through some of life's toughest challenges. I believe the poem planted in my young heart an admiration for "survivors", those who persist through great difficulty.
Scripture affirms the importance of developing the character trait of perseverance; the determination to continue to trust God through all of the peaks and valleys of life. I am currently memorizing James 1:12, "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."
Sometimes the only thing we can do in life when times are tough is take the next step in front of us, the next breath, humbly asking God to get us through the current day. My experience is that God will give the strength to keep going, keep showing up for those we love, keep faithfully following His will. We may not feel we have much to show for it; we may feel like we are losing ground; we may feel like quitting. But God promises His presence in every moment of our lives even if we can't sense that He is there.
I don't know what you may be struggling with today, but let me encourage you to keep going: don't quit! Be encouraged by a few verses from the poem my Dad shared with me many years ago:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit -
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.