I want you to imagine that you are in a room full of people. Maybe it's at church, in a mall, or at a doctor's office. And it's not that you're trying to eavesdrop on conversations, but sometimes they just speak loud enough so you can understand what they're saying. Most of the time it is about day to day life (errands, jobs, kids, sports, etc). But more often than not, I hear discouragement. How everything is going wrong and there is no way out. Seriously, I can't believe how much I hear about situations that cannot be overcome.
I am not trying to make light of difficult circumstances, because they are difficult. We need to persevere. God has a bigger plan. We just can't see it yet. In fact, have you noticed that God hasn't given up...on us. Look at how many people let God down in the Bible - Adam & Eve, Moses, David, and Peter just to name drop a few. Then look at today...Steve Jones...maybe you...ok...maybe not you.
The bottom line is even though all of us have failed, He always gives us another opportunity. But, he did not say it would be easy. He did not say it would not be tough. Life will throw punches at us at such a rapid pace that sometimes we can't handle it and we get knocked down. It is in that place where we choose to stay where we are, give up altogether, or get back up and keep trying.
We need to get back up and keep trying. I know it sounds very cliche, but that's what we need to do.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Heb. 12:1
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
I know, some people get upset when you just throw Bible verses at them. So, I remembered a clip from a movie that ties in perfectly with these verses. Hopefully the verses and this clip will give you that extra bit of encouragement you need to get back up and keep moving.