Ever feel like giving up?
The great Anglican cleric and Christian theologian John Wesley is credited, along with his brother Charles, with founding the Methodist movement in the 1700s.
In reading Wesley’s journal, one concludes that he never gave up. See what you think…
“Sunday morning, May 5, preached in St. Ann’s, was asked not to come back anymore.
Sunday p.m., May 5, preached at St. John’s, deacons said, “Get out and stay out.”
Sunday a.m., May 12, preached at St. Jude’s, can’t go back there either.
Sunday p.m., May 12, preached at St. George’s, kicked out again.
Sunday a.m., May 19, preached at St. somebody else’s, deacons called a special meeting and said I couldn’t return.
Sunday p.m., May 19, preached on the street, kicked off the street.
Sunday a.m., May 26, preached in meadow, chased out of meadow as a bull was turned loose during the services.
Sunday a.m., June 2, preached out at the edge of town, kicked off the highway.
Sunday p.m., June 2, afternoon service, preached in a pasture, 10,000 people came to hear me.
What would you have done?
Has the world knocked you down too many times this year? Feel like a failure? Never give up! Keep getting up, no matter how many times you feel like you’re looking up from the bottom.
It’s the almost the beginning of a new year. God is there, waiting with new beginnings. Will you stand bravely at the threshold of the unknown, ready, willing, and obedient to follow the Lord, no matter where He may lead?
When you get knocked down this in the new year, will you get up, brush yourself off, and keep going? Or will you lie in a puddle of self-pity?
May you learn from your failures and may they give you the boost to keep going. And may your New Year be filled with abundant blessings.
*This is a repost.