Never give up
My dear friends, I want you to know that what has happened to me has helped to spread the good news. The Roman guards and all the others know I am here in jail because I serve Christ. Now most of the Lord’s followers have become brave and are fearlessly telling the message. Some are preaching about Christ because they are jealous and envious of us. Others are preaching because they want to help. They love Christ and know I am here to defend the good news about him. But the ones who are jealous of us are not sincere. They just want to cause trouble for me while I am in jail. But that doesn’t matter. All that matters is that people are telling about Christ, whether they are sincere or not. Philippians 1:12-18
The people I really massively respect in life are all determined. They face a challenge and they don’t give up, whatever is thrown at them the just keep going. And I really respect that. I know that success in life isn’t how smart you are, or where you were born, or what school you went to, but success in life is all about
never giving up
Thomas Edison, one of the 21st Century’s greatest inventors whose inventions included the phonograph, the light bulb (see original design above) and the motion picture camera stated:
None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
If I am determined and apply myself I will eventually find a solution, I will eventually find success. But this includes failure, it includes getting things completely wrong and that is fine. Failure is all about refinement, all about working out what is the right way to go and the wrong way to go.
And it is the same with my faith, I have days where I feel discouraged and down, where I wonder how I can truly serve God given my sin, my ability to be greatly distracted by pointless stuff, to be tempted by the world. But I don’t ever give up. I keep on going!
And I see that in Paul, this amazing giant of the New Testament who just kept going despite being imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and bitten by snakes: he never gave up.
So here he is in jail, no doubt being treated very badly, sleeping poorly, being fed poorly and he remains positive, he remains determined to achieve one thing : All that matters is that people are telling about Christ. Wow.
The greek for telling about Christ means to announce, to proclaim, to celebrate. So what Paul is focused on, what he is encouraging the Philippians to share is the wonderful news of Jesus Christ, how Christ died on the cross so that we might come into the presence of God.
And this is a wonderful focus to have! And in pursuing this, in whatever I do I must never give up, just keep going and eventually it will happen.
God bless ya
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