Our Bible verse for today: “Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Overcomers don’t quit.”
In the film “Captain Philips” actor Tom Hanks portrayed real-life captain Richard Phillips, the American captain of the ship Maersk Alabama. It was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked by pirates in over 200 years. Captain Phillips was taken hostage by the hijackers – he offered himself up in order to save his crew.
Throughout the ordeal Captain Philips conducted himself with outstanding bravery and he never lost hope. Finally he was rescued by a team of Navy Seals who overpowered and killed the hijackers. When asked how he survived and repeatedly outwitted his captors Captain Philips replied, “You can always do something. Keep moving forward. Keep trying stuff. Nothing is over until you choose to give-up.” That right there is the key to the overcomer’s success: “Keep moving forward. Keep trying stuff. Nothing is over until you choose to give-up.”
In his book “Overcomer” David Jeremiah tells a similar story of Olympic speed skater Denny Morrison. Morrison competed at a world-class level, winning multiple Olympic medals from 2006 through 2014. He also had his sights set on competing in the 2018 Games in South Korea too, but in 2015 he was in a terrible motorcycle accident and barely survived. He had multiple serious injuries, including one that left him with a titanium rod in his leg.
Despite his injuries Morrison was still determined to compete in the 2018 Olympics, so he set about the near-impossible task of not just rehabilitation, but of recapturing his Olympic-level athletic ability. However the next year, in the middle of his rehab and training, he had a stroke that left him with significant weakness on the left side of his body. Undeterred, as quickly as possible he launched back into his training. Long story short, Morrison did compete in the 2018 Olympics. He didn’t win a medal but he did earn the admiration and respect of all his fellow athletes. His grit and determination were remarkable. Here’s what he had to say about that:
“When things stand in the way between you and what you want to achieve, it’s that grit factor that gets you where you want to go. Goals don’t come easy for anyone, no matter the line of work. But I think if you make a gritty attempt and push forward, you’ll surprise yourself and everyone else with how far you can go.”
This is what the Apostle Paul was teaching us in Galatians 6:9 and it’s the lesson for us here today: Don’t quit. Keep trying. Nothing is over until you choose to give-up.