Never Give Up
Psalm 53:1 - Psalm 72:15
"For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou has tried us, as silver is tried... We went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place... I will pay thee with my vows, which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken when I was in trouble... Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul... But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me." Psalm 66:10-20
Sometimes when I read the book of Psalms something tugs on my heartstrings.
Times of trial, moments that have stretched me, days when I was pushed to my limit...almost to giving up.
It's the "no, never" moments I am talking about. The times when we face what seems to be the worst thing.
A good friend once taught me that what might seem at first to be the worst thing sometimes turns out in the end to be the best thing. It all depends on what you're looking for. Because isn't the best thing whatever leads us to know the Lord? To lean on Him? To cry unto Him?
Isn't the best thing knowing that at the end of the "no, never" moments of our lives if we look carefully we will recognize that the Lord has been with us through it all?
Is that what helps turn the "no, never" moments into "never give up" moments?
I have a good friend whose name is Ty Ty.
One winter day he slipped on the ice at Kindergarten recess and broke the bone next to his shoulder. What started as a trip to the emergency room for a broken bone turned into a year of visits to the oncology department at Primary Children's Hospital.
His mother is my dear friend. I have watched her for the past few years as she has faced this "no, never" moment head on. I have seen what the refiner's fire has done to her faith, her hope, her charity. She is stronger. Strong enough to walk through fire and through water, through whatever is necessary to help her child. She might have been strong before, but not strong like this.
She knows the Refiner.
She trusts Him.
And that trust has given her an incredible amount of strength.
Strength to never give up.
Her son, Ty Ty, has this strength too. A quiet strength. It makes him courageous and brave. Someone who will never give up, even in the darkest "no, never" moments.
Recently Ty Ty wrote this little book in his second grade class. His mom gave me permission to share it with you.
The lesson I hope you learn from Ty Ty's little book is simple...
In the moments when you cry for hours, those moments when you lose your happiness, I hope you never give up.
It may be just the beginning, but you have dreams to live.
The Lord knows about those dreams. He will help you through the "no, never" moments of your life.
Find strength in Him.
Never give up.