Get started, keep at it, don’t give up

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
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: “Get started, keep at it, don’t give up”
We often talk about the importance of perseverance in life and of not giving up. You’ll never accomplish anything if you’re a serial quitter. When England was faced with attack from an overwhelming Nazi military force in World War II Winston Churchill motivated the people when he declared, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in …”
Great advice. It was similar to the words spoken by Captain Richard Phillips when he was asked how he managed to his survive captivity by Somali pirates. He said, “Nothing is over until you give up.” He simply resolved that he was going to survive his ordeal and then he refused to give up.
But as important as perseverance is to accomplishing anything of significance, even more important is getting started at all. You can’t stick with it and finish it if you never even started it. And this is the problem so many of us face. We’re wishful thinkers. We have great aspirations regarding the things we intend to do, but then we come up with a dozen excuses to put it off another day, or week, or month, or year. “I’ll start going to the gym tomorrow, but this morning I’m going to sleep late and have donuts for breakfast.” “My life is a little busy right now, so I’ll start work on that college degree next semester.” “I really need to spend time with my friend, but I’ll do it another day.”
And on and on it goes. We kick the can down the road, put the thing off a little longer, and before we know it, time has passed, nothing was accomplished, and instead of being twenty pounds lighter, we’re now twenty pounds heavier; instead of spending quality time with the spouse today, we haven’t had a date night in months; instead of the car being clean and the oil changed, it’s a rolling dumpster on the verge of breaking down.
I think you see the problem. When it comes to using our time well it’s crucial that we get started, keep at it, and don’t give up. Be where you’re supposed to be, do what you’re supposed to do, and see it through to the end.
It’s true that nothing is over until you give up, but it’s even truer that it’s over before it has even started if you never get going to begin with.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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