“Never, never, never, never give up.”
I was going to throw in the towel today on writing these devotions. I was in pain and tired and quite frankly, becoming convinced that they were a waste of time. Time I could better spend some other way. I also have thought lately that they serve little purpose, in the sea of blogs and posts and books and written words, this is a plankton, who would miss it if I stopped writing? Why not leave writing to the others who write so much better?
Sometime during the day though, I was reminded of this quote by Churchill. I’ve often used this quote to help kids keep going when they want to quit but never really applied it to my life. But then, I seldom set long term goals that stretch me like determining to write a devotion a day for a year.
I’ve used this quote, but I didn’t know the context until today when I looked it up. Churchill said this after the Blitz. The Blitz was a bombing campaign by the Germans primarily against England. It lasted 10 months and killed about 15,000 people. Addressing Harrow School, Churchill said, ” But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period — I am addressing myself to the School — surely from this period of ten months, this is the lesson: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
The bombing was supposed to push Churchill into negotiations with Hitler, but they had the opposite effect largely in part to Churchill’s speeches like the one above. The people were encouraged and became determined to make it through that difficult time without caving in. They even put signs up on shop windows that read “Business as Usual”. Churchill rallied the people and together they faced a difficult time.
My enemy seems small in comparison to Hitler. My enemy doesn’t drop bombs on me, he just sits on my shoulder whispering thoughts designed to get me to cave in. Thoughts like you’re not good enough, God isn’t going to heal you, no one cares what you write. Maybe your enemy says similar things. Regardless of the little bombs that come our way, the purpose is the same, to get us to give up. Give up believing that good can come into our lives, that we can be loved and accepted, that we can walk without pain, find our perfect mate, see our wayward child come home, give up an addiction, get free from an abusive situation, etc. Whatever the bombs, the answer is never give in. Keep on believing, keep on looking to God, keep on believing the best is yet to come, keep on trusting. Business as usual, never give in.
Lord, thank You for encouraging me today, I needed that. Help me to be an encouragement to others as You lead. Help me to keep walking the walk of faith, to refuse to give in to the bombing thoughts of my enemy. Thank You for the victory I have in You, Amen.