Don’t give up — the endurance of the human spirit
Often death begins in the human spirit long before the end of the physical body.
We live in a depressed world. We hear about the millions of Americans living on food stamps and other forms of welfare. We hear every day about the unemployment in America and the millions who are on the streets or the verge of being on the streets.
This is heart wrenching for those affected and despairing for everyone else. The world is filled with millions of people battling HIV, walking miles for a bucket of water or battling literal starvation.
The human spirit can survive a lot but after a while insurmountable weight will crush almost anything.
I know there is someone reading this now that is almost crushed. You are beaten down and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You may be unemployed, financially broke, sick, dealing with a broken relationship, starved for something to go right in your life or just sick and tired of everything. It’s a bad feeling and all of us at some level have been right where you are at this moment.
When you feel this bad on the inside you are unmotivated, depleted of energy and hopeless. A lot of people at this stage of life start giving up. They start thinking stuff like: Life isn’t going to work out for me.
Or, I’m never going to get a break. Or, God has forgotten me. Self-talk such as this only makes us feel worse. We start dying on the inside and give up any goals, ambitions or God’s calling we felt in our lives.
We are reminded of Paul’s words in Second Corinthians 4:8–10 we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
I believe it was Robert Schuller who said, “When we are down to nothing, God is up to something.”
When we feel broken and beaten down we must remember to give God a chance to work in our mortal feeble minds and bodies. “So that His life may be revealed in us or His life may work in us.
Today, don’t give up. God created us for a reason and the setbacks of life may only be a way of redirecting your life for something greater than you had ever imagined.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist read in all 50 states. He is the author of twelve books. Contact him at GMollette@ aol. com. Learn more at www. glennmol-lette. com. Like his facebook page at www. facebook. com/ glennmollette.
AMERICAN V OICES By GLENN MOLLETTE