Ask the Christian Living Expert – Pastor Philip Robe-From
The Will to Continue
For six months a man toiled, trying to mine for precious gold. Finally defeated, he tossed his tools and left them at the end of a dark tunnel. He lamented his wasted time and effort and vowed never to return to the mine.
A mining company reopened the abandoned site and continued searching for the precious ore. The workers found the tools that had been left by the discouraged miner years earlier. Just a short distance from where the tools were left, a rich deposit of gold was found. Some said the original miner only needed the will to continue six more inches.
In the face of failure and defeat, the first impulse is to quit. The inevitable feelings of discouragement and resultant despair are enough to cause the most determined to walk away in humiliating shame.
Could it be that the greatest victories are a mere six inches from your place of weary arrested motivation? Has your ambition been buried in a grave of hopelessness under a mound of discouragement?
This happened to David. The haven of Ziklag had been plundered and destroyed. The once victorious warrior was depressed and downtrodden. What could he do? We understand that he reached into the depths of his soul and encouraged himself. He had to go six more inches and did not faint. Later he recovered all.
You need to develop the will to continue in order to finish.
And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
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