I know someone who never stayed – for anything – marriages, children, jobs, family, friends.
Offended? Leave. Conflict? Forget it. Difficulty? Run.
As soon as the next bump in the road arose (small, medium, large, mountains, molehills, anthills) it was time to run again.
And again. And again. Burning every bridge until nothing was left.
Then the Golden Years arrived. A time to reap the benefits of staying: Children. Grandchildren. Retirement. Relationships. Friendships. Money saved. Home owned. Travel. Wisdom. Influence. Respect.
Though it’s never too late to start over, the rewards of staying aren’t instant. They build slowly and mundanely over time, growing with consistency, routine, responsibility, trust, effort, plodding, endurance, work, sacrifice, discipline, selflessness.
Days turn into seasons. Seasons into years. Years into decades. Decades into a lifetime.
Of course, there are certain circumstances where staying isn’t wise and it’s beneficial to move on, but staying can never be based on feelings. It’s a choice and often an act of love, paying great dividends, offering stability and bringing reward. Eventually.
Jesus, on the night of His arrest, told His friend Peter, “I could call on my Father to send more than twelve legions of angels to help me now. But how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say this must happen?” (Matthew 26:53-54)
He stayed all the way to brutal death on a cross, all the way to, “It is finished.”
He chose to endure the cross “for the joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2). What was that joy? I believe it was restoring relationship with Me and You! He stayed for Us!
In the short term, cut and run may look easier, but as a habit, it perpetuates an accumulation of poor decisions. The decisions of today become tomorrow’s reality.
Before quitting, be honest about the possible long term consequences. Take time to think and pray about the influence of this decision on tomorrow and all the tomorrows after.
Never underestimate the power of staying.
Don’t give in.
Don’t give up.
Stick it out.
Keep the faith.
Stay the course.
Sow the harvest.
Enjoy the journey.
..reap the rewards.
“Success is measured, not by how we start, but by how we finish.” ~ Mike Connis
“Let us not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom.” Luke 9:62
“I press on toward the goal..” Philippians 3:14
“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18
“Matthew 7:24-25 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”