Never Give Up
This devotional was written by Jim Burns
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 1:6
In 1491 Christopher Columbus was forty (that was old back then!), homeless and broke. Christopher Columbus was an outstanding sea captain -but nobody took very seriously his idea of sailing west in hopes of discovering a new route to the Indies. Columbus didn't give up.
He once wrote, "Our Lord made me skilled in seamanship, equipped me with the sciences of astronomy, geometry and arithmetic, and taught my mind and hand to draw this sphere... then our Lord revealed to me that it was feasible to sail from here to the Indies and placed in me a burning desire to carry out this plan."
Five centuries ago people had a certain map that reflected their understanding of the world at that time. It wasn't changed until the courageous Columbus (1451-1506) challenged the conventional wisdom by sailing to the West Indies. His "never give up" attitude resulted in one of the most significant breakthroughs in world history.
Winston Churchill (the great political statesman of Great Britain) was once invited to speak to his old alma mater boys school. Churchill, now one of the most famous men in the world and also one of the world's greatest orators, had done very poorly in this school.
He approached the podium. All the boys were sitting up straight, totally quiet, waiting for great words of wisdom. Churchill stood behind the podium looking in the eyes of each boy. Then he quietly said, "Never give up." He stared at them again and shouted "NEVER GIVE UP" Next he pounded the podium and at the top of his voice he screamed, "NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!" Winston Churchill then sat down. His speech was made up of just one piece of advice: Never give up.
I'm not sure what exactly you are going through, but this I know: the people who make a difference in the world, and in their own lives, decide to never give up.
1. How does Philippians 1:6 relate to your own life?
2. What is an example you know of someone who has never given up?