When You Feel Like Giving Up

We’ve all been there…..tired, frustrated, and just ready to throw our hands up in the air. I QUIT is what we want to shout, but for some reason we continue to hold on with everything we have to keep things together. Usually this indicates at the very least that something has to change and it needs to change soon. So, what do you do when you feel like giving up, but you know in your heart that you can’t? There are three things that will always be a factor regardless of our season in life.

 1. PERSPECTIVE

            Sometimes we just find ourselves in a funky place emotionally due to stress, fatigue, or frustration. It’s been said that our attitude will determine our altitude. Maybe you need to surround yourself with more positive people and places. Maybe you need to quit seeing the glass half empty and instead look at it as half full. Maybe you just need to step back and allow God to give you a more positive perspective towards work, home, and others. Maybe you have some pain from the past or present that needs to be dealt with before you can see anything through a healthy set of eyes. I can tell you this for sure, anything healthy begins with a healthy heart because perspective flows out of the heart.

 2. PROCESS

            Sometimes our approach to life just stinks. Maybe you are clearly just trying to do too many things at once. Maybe you need to develop self discipline. Maybe you need to learn how to set healthy boundaries. Maybe you need to allow someone with greater insight to assess your life processes, which may be creating way more difficulty than you might think. Processes are always subject to change, but process is always important. How you approach something or someone will either create peace or absolute chaos. Some people never make process changes so nothing changes. You have to recognize when your approach to life must change in order for you to expect a positive change.

 3.  PRIORITIES

            These are things you value most. We all have them, but many times they are put on the back burner. For instance, many say their family is top priority, yet their family continues to get leftovers. Time is like money, you have to tell it where to go. Every one of us needs to determine our priorities and then make every effort to guard those priorities. For example, I purposely plan time with each of my boys. As a pastor, there is always someone who would like to talk and needs help. But, raising my boys is a high priority for me so I purposely make time for them. And, I do the same for my marriage. Knowing and establishing priorities is huge. Having the best processes in place is critical and maintaining a healthy perspective will always determine our life persective.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.(Galatians 6:9)

5 Comments on “When You Feel Like Giving Up

  1. I thank God for you Craig, as a young man, father and husband you have been blessed by God and grown in His wisdom, knowledge, and grace…we love you and your family!

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  2. Petra I love you and your family as well. I appreciate your kind words and encouragment. Anything good in me comes from God and realizing that I must remain in His will daily. (John 15:5)

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  3. I am so thankful you have decided to blog. I can see you and hear you when I read these words and I can’t tell you the comfort that brings for me. Recently I was feeling weary, wondering if I had the strength to go on or if I was going to come undone. I heard a whisper from the Holy Spirit and it said “it is always darkest just before the light. Don’t you dare give up now, you are so close!”

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  4. Thanks Missy, if one of these posts touches just one life its worth writing. I really under estimated the power and the good of social media. I believe it is an untapped resource by many. I pray God’s best for you and your family!

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