Don’t give up!

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

As we reflect upon Black History Month and the many accomplishments African Americans have made to America in terms of inventions, scholarship, politics, architecture, and communications (including the cell phone), we should feel inspired. Out of a history of slavery, African Americans have been able to achieve much. These achievements would not have been possible if those on the slave ship had given up. Harriet Tubman did not travel the Underground Railroad, and Dr. Martin Luther King did not have a dream.

We have to remember in this life that we will face dead ends, disappointments, and find ourselves in very scary places. But we cannot give up. We have to keep pursuing the call of destiny in our lives, regardless of how hard it gets at times. Paul wrote: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” Galatians 6:9.

We can grow weary in doing good. The good to which Paul refers is not just doing the right thing, but it also covers everything that we do for the Lord. Even though when are doing it for the Lord, we get weary and discouraged. The verse lets us know that it is pure human instinct to give up when we grow weary. In these times, we must keep moving, even if we have to crawl. We cannot allow our fatigue and discouragement to keep us from reaching our destiny.

We must find encouragement to know that in the end we will reap what we sow, and all of our doing good will pay off after awhile. We know that it does not take much for us to give up or throw in the towel. For some of us, it is just one thing that gets in our way, and we decide to quit. Discouraging people around us try to persuade us to quit. We believe them more than God, and we throw in the towel. As soon as someone lodges a complaint against us or criticizes us on our journey to do good (instead of moving on), we just quit. We quit because we do not want to deal with conflict, the criticism, or hurt feelings. We have to remember others who did not quit. If they had quit what they were doing, then we would not be able to reap the benefits of their dedication and perseverance.

When we feel like giving up on the dream, on doing good, and even on ourselves, let us remember Paul’s words: “let us not grow weary in doing good.” When we do feel like giving up, let us rely on the grace of God to move us forward to see what the end will be.