Monday, October 28, 2013

The Girl Who Won't Give Up

by Nicki Koziarz
1. She gets up each morning and follows through with her commitments despite how she feels.
Her feet are firmly positioned into the day’s tasks. While quitting may seem like an option she refuses to become someone others or God can’t count on. Her heart understands that she must be found faithful in the small steps to be trusted with the big steps.
2. She approaches the Word of God with reverence.
She opens God’s Word and believes each day He has something to speak to her about. There’s no questioning spirit when a friend texts her a Bible verse. She listens to sermons and teachings and doesn’t think of the friend who needs to hear that message, she knows there’s something there just for her.
3. She longs for the grace of refinement rather than the grace of relief.
She doesn’t have a personal agenda to fulfill when she faces steps of refinement. In fact, she longs for the grace of refinement rather than the grace of relief because she trusts the process of refinement. She accepts the perspective godly people offer her in difficult situations. And she embraces the process of becoming better through her mistakes.
4. She chooses to infect the world with joy.
Though life seems to frequently dump on her, she chooses to not dump on others. In fact, she thrives on being emotionally generous towards others. The spirit of generosity that oozes through her infects joy into a seemingly miserable world. As a result, when darkness seems to gloom over her she can easily shoo it away by giving joy.
5. She has a spirit of unbreakable determination.
Though she may feel a little [or a lot] bent many days, she never lets her bending turn to a broken dream. She refuses to break her perseverance towards the things God has placed her on this earth to do. In the midst of her rejection that attempts to break her she thrives by standing firm on this verse:
“Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
–Psalm 51:10

My Thoughts:

Do you give up when life gets tough? My generation is pretty lousy at "sticking it out," and the next generation is way worse. So many people my age have an entitlement attitude. They aren't going to lift a finger, but you had better wait on them hand and foot. Why do we struggle with persevering through problems? Why is it that our generation just can't seem to finish a job, and especially finish it well!? What happened to my generation?

(No offense, parents, but it's your fault. My parents' generation raised spoiled rotten brats. And these young adults are now raising children that are so horrifically worse. Temper tantrums are a normal occurrence at the store, hateful speech is common in our schools, and no one works hard because everyone is going to get a "participation ribbon" at the end whether they won or not. Parents have really dropped the ball. I always see these cartoons that say things like, "If I talked to my mom the way you talk to yours, I wouldn't be alive to tell you about it." LOL It's so true! Can I encourage today's parents to teach your kids values? Perseverance? Diligence? Hard work? Two of the hardest workers I know are my parents. They don't stop...doesn't matter if they are sick...or tired....or "not in the mood"...they do what needs to be done. Parents, please wake up and realize that your lack of parenting is raising entitled snots that don't appreciate anything or anyone and certainly don't care about anyone but themselves. You aren't helping them by waiting on them hand and foot, you are ruining them! :/ Please wake up before it is too late!)

This post shouldn't even have to be shared! It should be an understood that we don't give up...especially in our walk with God, but we've been raised to only do what "feels good" and certainly nothing that is unpleasant or hard. (At this point I would like to insert that my parents were wonderful examples of good, Godly character! :) I am very thankful for the character they instilled in me.)

The Bible is so full of examples of hard working men and women:

Nehemiah left a great job and went back to a broken city and built the walls back up, the whole time being attacked and ridiculed. (If that happened today, kids would run home crying to mommy!)

Noah was mocked and scorned for years while he worked intently on building the ark, but he didn't give up, and God saved him!

Ruth is the epitome of a hard worker! I love her story of faithful obedience and service to her Naomi.

The disciples gave up everything to follow Jesus, yet they served with unwavering hearts even when times were tough.

Esther faced a greater challenge than most of us will ever face, her life was on the line, but she followed through with what God told her to do through Mordecai. 

Colossians 3:23 - And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

2 Thessalonians 3:10 - For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

1 Timothy 5:8 - But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Ephesians 4:28 - Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Ecclesiastes 5:12 - The sleep of a labouring man [is] sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Proverbs 20:4 - The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.

Are you pickin' up what I'm puttin' down? lol The Bible has a lot to say about not giving up and working hard! :)

There's rarely an excuse to give up....and there's absolutely never an excuse to give up on something that God has directed you into. Let's put on our big girl pants, ask God for patience and strength, and then carry on!

Let's carry on for Jesus!

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