Don’t Quit Before The Miracle

I wish it wasn’t so easy to quit and difficult to start.

To start a diet I need about two months of prep time. That is, I need time to wrap my brain around not eating everything that tastes good. To quit a diet I just need a decent celebration. It doesn’t have to be a big celebration like a birthday or Christmas. It can be any celebration like Presidents Day, Talk Like A Pirate Day, or a Bar Mitzvah. I’m not Jewish but I’m sure every moment of the day someone somewhere is having a Bar Mitzvah. Mazel tov!

I don’t need much motivation to quit.

A little complication. A little drama. A little difficulty and I can find a reason to quit.

I think the great ones are those who refuse to quit. I don’t think this means sticking around in a miserable situation. I think it means sticking to what is good and discipline oneself through the tough seasons.

Speaking of great ones, Michael Jordan is one of the greatest of all times.

What would happen if you just decided not to quit? What if the things that were good for you were non negotiable?

Often I think we quit before we get to the promise land. We quit on the wrong side of a miracle. What would happen if we didn’t quit? What breakthrough would we see? Often times God’s miracles are wrapped in obstacles. In order to get there you have to be willing to endure some obstacles.

Take for example church. There are reasons to leave a church. But what if every church goer made the decision for one year to go all in. Not quit. No church is perfect. All churches have issues. But what would happen if you decided to not quit church?

What would it look like if for one year, whatever church you go to, you went all in? Even if you are a little tired on Sunday you made church a priority. Even if it rained you still went to church. GASP! I joke, but it’s amazing how attendance in churches all across America goes down when it rains.

Now, I know we all have limited energy, so it may sound exhausting. But just for a second, would you humor me and think about how different life would be if you made the decision to not quit.

What advantage would it be for church people to go all in for one year?

Here are a few…

  • You will be known. We often think in temporary terms, but the big picture is incredibly important. One of the greatest advantages to being plugged into a church is having your needs met. Not just spiritual, but emotional, and relational needs. If you are sick, going through difficulty, or even worse pass away your church family will be there for you. But they can’t be there for you if you aren’t known.
  • You would be more in the know. Information is difficult to communicate well. There is a greater chance you will hear important info if you are all in (Volunteering, in a group, and attending weekly).
  • You will have more of a say. You don’t have to be in charge to have your voice heard. Many times I bring ideas to meetings, or suggest changes simply from listening to people on Sundays at church. I recently made a change to our services because of a Sunday conversation. In order to have influence you have to be a part of someone’s life. The more you are around the more potential influence you will have.
  • You get to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Life change happens at church. You play a part of that. Sometimes it’s difficult to see how, but when you are plugged in you play a role in the life change that happens.
  • Your life will be changed. It’s so easy to quit. Often we quit on the outside of a miracle. It’s not easy, but imagine what would happen if you went all in? When I go all in on a diet I see results. When I go all in on exercise I see results. When I go all in relationally I see results. What would happen if you went all in spiritually?

We can all do good things temporarily, but true life change happens in consistency.

What if you picked a church and went all in for one year? What if you said that outside of sin you would commit to one church for five years? That is don’t even humor a thought of leaving. What would you gain by making a decision not to quit? What will you lose if you quit too soon?

 

 

 

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Rob Shepherd

I am the full-time husband of a wonderful woman! I love being married! We are proud parents to twins, Hayden and Reese. In my spare time I am the pastor of Next Level Church. I have a relationship with God and it is an adventure. Oh and I wrote a book. It's called Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You.

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