—> I just finished reading the book that I bought from the Lions’ Roar conference last December, 2009. It was a book written by Edwin Louis Cole, entitled NEVER QUIT. I would like to share with you some of the most important principles in life, ministry and even family.
Crisis is generally the reason behind feelings of wanting to give up. In times of crisis, we can be tempted to “chuck it all,” “git it up,” “forget it.” Giving up and giving in during a crisis is one of the most demoralizing decisions we can make. Facing the crisis, then overcoming it, can lead to our greatest success.
Crisis is the natural result of change – one thing of which we can always be sure. The world is in a constant state of flux. People’s lives change, the business climate fluctuates, world powers realign, history marches on. The earth and our environment constantly evolve. Crisis results in and from change. Crisis includes such things as job changes, family conflicts, and social pressures. Both change and crisis are normal to life.
The crises we face individually and corporately can lead us to a better life or can become degenerative and detrimental. The outcome rests, not in the nature of the issue, but in what we do with the crisis. It’s never the circumstance – always what we do with it – that determines our future.
The agony of failure and tormenting thoughts to give up are feelings shared by “winners” and “losers” alike. What people do with the situation is what separates the winners from the losers. Winners are not those who never fail but those who never quit!
Pop psychologists preach that people can control the outcome of their crises. “Take charge of your destiny” is their battle cry. In their theories, they give humans the dual responsibility of dealing with the crisis and controlling the outcome.
They are half right. In reality, God charges each of us with the responsibility to conduct ourselves through times of change and crisis in a manner consistent with His Word and character. But He controls the outcome for us. We do our part; He does His part. The difference between what the world preaches and what God teaches is subtle, yet eternally significant.
We never know when crisis will come. Someone once said, “You are either in a crisis or about to be faced with one.” Such is the normal ebb and flow of life.
- Crisis is common in life.
- Crisis is normal to life.
- No one can live in this life without crisis.
– Edwin Louis Cole
The questions that can be raised in this topic are most of the times the common ones: “How to handle it?” “Where can we get help in times of crisis?” and “How can we make crisis a positive instead of a negative factor in life?”
When we reach the end of ourselves and think there is nothing left in us to face the circumstances of life; when we cannot see anything else that can be done to end the crisis; when there is no understanding of what to do or which way to turn; when our ship of finances, marriage, business or ministry is going down and it seems about to sink; when we seem to be alone, naked, stripped of everything, the good news is – “GOD IS FAITHFUL!”
God says that He is faithful to His children even when they seem depleted of faith. Even when our prayers ring hollow and seem to bounce back off the ceiling at us, He is faithful to us. God has a different perspective of our lives. We see our lives as a tapestry that, on our side, is filled with tangles and snarls, but He sees us from His perspective, the other side, which is the finished product.
I want you to really understand that:
- God never fails.
- God never quits.
- God never ends anything on a negative.
- GOD IS FAITHFUL!
God bless us all!