Okay, ladies, how many of you have wanted to empty out the cabinets and just throw all of the dishes on the floor? Ever wanted to drive to work and just keep on driving? Men, who has wanted to just stop shaving and showering? If you're in ministry (or even if you're not), you've probably wanted to quit at some point... just throw your hands up and be done with it!
You're not alone. Wanting to quit has been around since the beginning of history.
In fact, some of the greatest people of all time have wanted to quit. In the Bible, the great prophet Jeremiah wanted to quit, but God renewed his spirit and placed a burning fire in his heart. After Jesus was crucified, Peter got so discouraged that he walked away from the faith, from the church, and even cursed the Lord, yet Peter is one of the most impactful men in the history of the world... He walked on water and he still had doubts! The list goes on and on.
Maybe you've dealt with a desire to quit in the past, or maybe you're dealing with it right now. When you want to quit, just remember these 4 things:
1) Wanting to quit is a sign of success - Successful people are the only ones who want to quit because they actually have something to quit. Let that sink in for a moment. You can't quit what you don't have. If you can quit, that means you're doing something right.
2) The more you have to quit, the more you want to quit - The higher you go, the more frightening it is. There is always a fear factor and that factor increases has you grow and rise. At Dream Conference, we minister to thousands of Pastors every year. Some of the most well known pastors and communicators want to quit, even the people that you would consider your "heroes of the faith."
3) You can enjoy the luxury of wanting to quit if you know you aren’t going to quit - The burden will come and go, but perseverance doesn’t come from the burden, it comes from the calling. You can think about quitting when you cut the word “quit” out of your dictionary. Here are four ways to know that you aren't going to quit
- Burn the bridges behind you - Don't allow yourself to get sucked into a previous behavior or situation. You've moved on to greater things now!
- Don’t tell anyone you want to quit - When people know you want to quit, they feed into that desire.
- Don’t expose yourself to what you don’t want to be - If you don't want to be a quitter, don't surround yourself with quitters.
- You’ll be a product of the places you travel and the books you read - Travel and books (especially the Word of God) are great teachers. Allow these things to teach you perseverance.
Lastly, in case you forgot: YOU GOT THIS! You matter to the Kingdom and what you're doing is important and is leaving a lasting impact. If no one has told you that this week, allow us to tell you right now.
"Great men and women are ordinary women who don’t quit. " - Tommy Barnett