To Quit. (My) Definition: To quit means to actively choose to attempt to step away from the very place God placed you and away from the very assignment God specifically gave to you without God’s approval of the move. Further it is the attempt to give yourself your own reassignment absent God’s guidance and/or an attempt to walk in your own will instead of God’s will.
Sometimes in the midst of walking in your purpose, you get hit hard with frustration and discomfort. You even get distracted by the false belief that quitting your God given assignment may be easier than enduring the season God has you in.
There are many reasons you may want to quit even though you know God wants you to continue on the journey. Usually it is in the midst of a struggle that quitting becomes a more appealing option as opposed to when things seem to be going well. However, when those notions of quitting attempt to creep into your life, remember:
- You aren’t God. Realizing this will relieve a lot of stress.
There is one God, and you aren’t it. This means your role and God’s role are different. Confusing your role and God’s role leads to exhaustion and unnecessary stress.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he [God] cares for you.” Thank goodness because the world seems all too willing to inundate folks with pressure and stress. However, there is a mighty God who loves you so much that He wants you to give Him all that is stressing you out and let Him work it out.
Here is some more good news. Even as imperfect and broken people, God still fully loves you/us just as you/we are. You are not on this journey alone. God is right there with you and is constantly working on your behalf. So stop trying to do things on your own. Walk with God and allow Him to take the lead in your life. God is your father and He loves you so much.
- God may not reveal the whole blueprint of His plan to you. However, regardless if you get a preview or a full picture of the plan, trust God enough to move when He says move, step where He says step, and stop when He says stop. You won’t regret following God.
The thought of giving up control and not knowing the full plan for your life when you want to know it can be scary until you realize who you are allowing to take control of your life. (Hint: It’s God.) Who better else to give up control to than the one who is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and the one who loves you regardless of your mistakes, stumbles, and struggles.
When you choose to let God take the lead in your life, you are saying that you have faith in God to lead you even when you don’t fully know why He is ordering your steps in a particular way. In other words, you don’t need to know God’s full plan before you start moving in your calling. God will reveal to you what you need to know. God doesn’t need your approval of the plan He has for your life, but trust that He is taking you on an amazing journey. The journey may get uncomfortable, but the very one who loves you is the one who is leading you (if you let Him).
Additionally, God knows more than you. In fact Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…”
God sees beyond the limits you try to put on yourself. God is taking you beyond what you could ever imagine. It’s a process and a journey.
- God’s timing is not the same as your timing. God’s timing is perfect.
Sometimes you may feel you have been in an assignment from God too long or perhaps feel the process God is taking you through is not the process you would have chosen for yourself. You may feel it’s time to move on, but God continues to tell you that there is still a purpose for you in your current placement.
What you can’t confuse is God’s will and your will. Yes, you may want to move quickly through certain seasons. However, as my pastor preached last month, there are different storms that God may allow in your life that may include, but are not necessarily limited to, storms of correction, connection, perfection (i.e. preparing you for where God is taking you), or protection. It’s a process and God knows how much time the process needs.
When you choose to let God take the lead in your life, thankfully you will not always get your way and things will not necessarily happen when you want them to happen. I say thankfully because God knows all that has happened, is happening, and will ever happen. I’m not omnipresent or all-knowing, so decisions that I try to make without God aren’t going to work. Don’t expect God to co-sign your decisions, but instead seek God’s guidance before you move. When it’s time for you to move, God will let you know.
- Seasons aren’t permanent.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
Life gets hard. Walking in your purpose does not mean your journey won’t get hard, emotional, frustrating, and at times exhausting. However, don’t let a temporary storm break you. Instead allow it to build you. Use your season to gain the perspective, appreciation, and wisdom you otherwise would not have gained.
Don’t forget to breathe, believe (in God), and proceed (in what God called you to do).
- Shift your perspective and keep your focus on God.
Intentionally spending uninterrupted time with God on a daily basis will shift your perspective.
Keep scriptures close to your heart so that despite the storms spiraling around you, you don’t forget what God told you. Need an example? Try Luke 1:37 (NIV), which says, “…For no word from God will ever fail.'”
Sometimes the source of your unhappiness and stress that is pushing you closer to quitting is rooted in a focus on the wrong things. The more time you spend building your personal relationship with God and studying His word, the more you can begin to see what once frustrated you through a completely different lens.
Sometimes having a song ready to go can also help refocus your mind on God in the midst of situations that try to derail you and that try to push you to quit. Right now Smokie Norful, Marvin Winans, Jonathan McReynolds, Marvin Sapp, Brian Courtney Wilson, Jamie Grace, Travis Greene, Lecrae, and the Chicago Mass Choir are just some of the artists whose music I turn on when I need to refocus my mind on God and His calling over my life.
A few more thoughts…
Keep pressing forward in God. God loves you and even in your most uncomfortable and frustrating times, God is still God with all power in His hands. He is leading you through and to where you need to be. God doesn’t want you to quit.
Choose today to let your decision(s) be because God told you to move not because fear (or anything else) told you to quit.
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