“Mema, you give up too easily.”
This is one of my earliest weirdest and yet unexplained experiences. A girl, who absolutely did not know me, said this to me. She didn’t remember blurting it out right out of the blue when I asked her about it later. A spirit of divination? Perhaps.
Anyway, after hearing this statement, as a little teen or even preteen, I immediately believed it and swallowed it whole. I didn’t have any instance in my life of giving up easily, but I was very open to random and weird experiences back in the day. I used to glory in the fact that I was born on October 31st, as if it connected me somehow to the realm of the spirits (Parents, please watch what your children take in).
This statement, and my acceptance of it, led me down an interesting path in life. It was like this prophecy that I tried hard to stop from ever coming true. Macbeth anyone?
It probably pushed my ambitious gene to its fullest possible extent. I didn’t know when to stop; I absolutely had no idea when it was time to give up.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to search and a time to give up…” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 6a)
There is a time to give up. Not on hope in God, but on things.
In this post, I feel that less might just be more, and so I’ll restrain myself from explaining too much.
For example, you think you’re in love with someone. You’ve presented yourself, you’ve approached the person, but all you get is no. Dear friend, please give up, for the sake of your dignity and the sanity of said person. Don’t give yourself reasons to keep pushing. Just say goodbye and move on.
At the risk of spending too little on this post, I ask that you put your focus on the things that count, and place your hope on the things that are sure, namely God and His Word, including His promises, whether of eternal life hereafter or of promises scattered in His word, or His specific promises to you.
What’s your motivation? Do you even know it? Maybe it is like what mine was, too long ago, as crazy as a random utterance by a girl (possibly inspired by an up to no good spirit). Do stop and be honest with yourself before you push any further. Giving up at the right time, can also be a virtue. Really.