Never Give Up and Never Give In

15 Sep

A few months back, two of my sons and I loaded up our rental car and headed south on a 7 day roadtrip to sunny Florida. This trip was not a vacation to Disney, Universal or some sugar sand beach by any means. This was serious business. Ministry business that is! We were on a mission to interview and video creative pastors and cutting edge ministries, zig- zagging our way through the citrus state. We were exited, yet completely unaware of what would soon take place along our journey.

Have you ever noticed whenever God’s people attempt to share the gospel in unreached areas or begin a new ministry, they inevitably come face to face with opposition? Think of Joseph. His brothers  wanted to kill him–literally! Think about Noah. They laughed at the notion of water raining down from the sky and flooding the earth. Think of Jesus–enough said.

After arriving in Orlando, we pulled into my parents driveway, anticipating a quiet evening followed by a good nights rest in anticipation of the road trip ahead. However, the following morning when I strolled out to the car, something was amiss. After a few minutes investigating the scene, we found that we’d been robbed! Someone had popped the lock on the rental, stolen our video equipment — they even stole the jello out of our snack box!

I was ticked. Was this God trying to get our attention, attempting to stop us dead in our tracks? Or was it the enemy trying to discourage us from our God ordained mission? Then I remembered the word of God. ” The thief comes only to steal , kill and destroy. I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly” ( John 10:10 ). God had nothing to do with people stealing our stuff. It’s the enemy who steals and kills and destroys. We did our due diligence, called the local authorities and never did find out who snatched our stuff.

Someone once said, when the going gets tough, the tough get going! That became our mantra the remainder of the trip. We purchased what we needed to get the job done and we completed our mission! However, the enemy doesn’t give up that easy. The story is only half over.

After we returned home, the last remaining task of our mission was to download all of the many hours of interviews, transferring them to an external hard drive for safe keeping. But right in the middle of the download, someone (one of my dear children that will remain nameless) inadvertently knocked the hard drive off the edge of the table, crashing it onto the floor below. You guessed it–we lost everything we had recorded. We sent it off three different times in an attempt to recapture the footage, but to no avail. It was toast. Our trip was toast. Burned to a crisp.

I believe it was Winston Churchill who said ” Never, never, never, never give up.” When you loose everything you’ve worked so hard for; just remember the old song “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.” That’s our plan. I believe that’s God’s plan. The apostle Paul said it well when he penned these words “were are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.” ( 2 Cor 4:8-9 )

We must be determined to never give up and never give in to defeat! The word of God says that “we are more than overcomers through him who loved us!” We may lose a battle or two along the way, but we will win the war! As for me and my boys? We are planning another road trip soon. And this time we’ll have better equipment, capture more amazing interviews, and have a whole lot more fun the second time around. Never give up and never give in!

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