"Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up,"- 2 Corinthians 4:1.
I always think the true character of someone is revealed during their tough times. Everyone can smile and dance when everything's going to plan, but when an obstacle comes our way, the way we react shows who we truly are. Do we let those moments define us? Or, do we press into God and look forward knowing something better is coming?
In 2 Corinthians we learn that because of God's mercy, we should never give up. The more I lean my soul into God and the whispers of His promises, the more I want to keep going. Keep believing in my dreams. Keep impacting the lives of those around me. Keep trusting Jesus for Him to use me. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be the kind of person that is defined by seasons of difficulty. They're hard, but I want them to strengthen me, shape me and steer me to a place of greater hope for the future.
Jesus gives us the best picture of God we will ever see, and as we look to God, He whispers 'never give up' to us. Lets not let moments of hardship blind our vision for the future- lets let them shape it. The bible doesn't say that this life will be easy, but it does say that we can be very bold about trusting in the living God; trusting that even when it hurts He is there, and He has a plan. Jesus never gave up on me, so I will never give up on making His name famous. Dear readers, He needs us as his missionaries. If we quit, that's a strong team member down. He needs us all, actively engaged in changing culture. Our qualification comes from God, so even if you think you're not cut out to make it as an ambassador for Christ, remember: he can use anyone as long as you're willing. So, are you in?