Just Keep Going…
Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Just keep going. These are things we all need reminded of sometimes, even as Christians. Galatians 6:9 encourages us with this, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” In other words, don’t get burned out or exhausted from trying to live uprightly and morally excellent in a world with chaos and a real enemy at work. Don’t get whooped and defeated by this life. You may say that’s easier said than done, but we seriously have to choose to just keep going. What other choice do we have?
Recently, my husband showed our daughter how to ride her bike without training wheels. It blessed me so much to watch his strategy, though I had seen it before for our other children. He helped her on the bike. He told her he’d hold on until he knew she could do it on her own and then he’d let go and she’d be going without being held up. I love the fact that technology allowed me to video tape this experience this time around, because I’ve watched this video many times since. Each time it puts a little more excitement into me.
So, there they were, pretty little girl, pretty purple bike, and daddy, in the yard, about to conquer the world. She gets on the bike, she starts pedaling, Daddy is holding on, and finally, he lets go. Running along side of her, hunched over, speaking in her ear, he yells, “go, go, go!” “Pedal, pedal, pedal…keep going, keep going, keep going, don’t stop!” And wouldn’t you know, she kept on going, pedal by pedal, until she had ridden that bike across to the other side of the yard?
Sometimes we all need a voice in our ear that keeps egging us on, telling us to keep pedaling along. “You can do it!” “Don’t stop now!” And honestly, deep down, we all want to keep going. We all want to conquer the obstacles, to make it over to the other side, and to truly live in victory. The Word of God promised us that victory already! Yes, in the world we will have trials and temptations, but our God has overcome this world! (John 16:33) We need the voice of the Word of God continually there, in our ears, reminding us to keep going.
I love what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” What did Jesus lay hold of? Victory. Complete, total, nothing lacking, victory. The prize of eternal life for all who would call upon the name of the Lord, salvation in this life and the next, for all who would call upon the name of the Lord, is what Jesus laid hold of and He did it for us. When you’re tempted to quit, when it seems easier not to pedal, just remember that if you don’t quit, you get to the other side!
So, just keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t stop. Keep pedaling. Keep pedaling. Keep pedaling. It’s worth it!
Pastor Jeff & Pastor Renée Mitchener want to personally invite you to join us for a service at Family Church Mayville or Family Church Corry. They’d love to share the Word of God with you!