Cup of Christmas: Don’t Quit

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill4 Minutes

Hello friend, and welcome back to Strengthen Your Walk. I’m Kim Crabill. Please grab your coffee or tea and let’s sit for just a minute. Join me for today’s Cup of Christmas. It is our special time to stop, be still, and prepare ourselves for what God has for us to do today.

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So, I have two words for all of us today. Don’t Quit. I know. It would be so easy to throw in the towel, raise the white flag, just say, “It’s not working,” and walk away. So, in whatever it is that you are losing heart, let today’s message remind you that God is up to something. He is using you. And you are too close to even consider giving up. Do you recall the story of the long-distance swimmer, Florence Chadwick?

In 1952, she attempted the 26-mile swim between the California coastline and the Catalina Islands. She swam through the threat of sharks and the fear of the unexpected, but possible paralyzing body cramps. And 15 hours into her swim this thick fog began to settle all around her, clouding her vision. Not able to see, and with fatigue settling she decided just to call it quits.

As she sat on the rescue boat she discovered if she’d only continued just one more mile she would have reached the Catalina Islands, and met her lifetime goal. Friends, when the challenge before us seems the most daunting, that’s when we’re often closer to our destination than we could see or even feel ourselves to be.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 is so relevant to us today. So timely. And with just the encouragement we need. It says, “do not lose heart … for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory … since what is seen is temporal, but what is unseen is eternal.”

What is that prayer and for whom have you been praying this Christmas? What would make this season especially special for you? As easy as it would be to just throw up your hands, jump back into the safety boat and surrender and walk away from all that difficult relationship, which gets even more difficult at Christmas …

Those financial woes, that overwhelming task, that health challenge. All these things, God’s word counsels and challenges you to keep on keeping on. Whatever you face today, please don’t quit. Draw on the strength of the Holy Spirit through prayer and then swim on. Don’t miss tomorrow’s blessings by giving up today.

Dear Father, You urge us to ask and You promise that we will receive. I need to receive Your strength today and an eternal perspective that strengthens my struggling heart with fresh hope.

Well, thank you friends for joining me today. I do pray that our time will strengthen your walk during this Christmas season.

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