A mother knocked on her son’s door one Sunday morning and said, “Get up, honey, it’s time to get ready for church.” The boy responded, “Oh, mother, I don’t want to go to church today. Just let me sleep.”
The mother replied, “I don’t care what you want. Get yourself out of bed, get dressed, and get down to church.” He responded, “Mother, I don’t want to go! Those people down there don’t like me, and I don’t like them. Just the other day I was walking down the hall and around the corner I heard some people talking about me. And, Mother, they were saying some awful things. Don’t make me go.”
The mother responded, “I don’t care about all that. You get yourself up. You’re going.” The boy responded, “Why, Mother? Why?” And she said, “For two reasons. First, you’re forty five years old. And, second, you’re the pastor and they’re expecting you down there.”
On a serious note, are there ever times when you feel like giving up? Please don’t; especially if the reason is merely because you have come up against some form of opposition. The simple truth is that any worthwhile endeavor undertaken by any given individual in any given time will invariably encounter opposition. This is a basic fact of life.
After all, it happened to Abraham, and Joseph, and Moses, and Joshua, and Samson, and David, and Solomon, and Isaiah, and Jeremiah, and Elijah, and Elisha, and Nehemiah, and yes, even to Jesus Himself! As it did to Peter, and James, and John, and Paul, and Timothy, and countless other servants of God.
But the one who persists, the one who perseveres, the one who endures, he or she (and he or she only) is the one who will eventually be victorious!
As Jesus says (in Luke 21:19), “Stand firm, and you will win…” And that, my friends, is no laughing matter! For that, my friends, always has been and always will be the key to victory!
Paul W. Powell, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement (Tyler, Texas: Texas Baptist Leadership Foundation, 2000), pp. 14-15.
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