NEVER, EVER GIVE UP
SELECTED READING: 1 Peter 1:5–6
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;”
The story of the University of Alabama’s 2018 backup quarterback, Jalen Hurts, is arguably one of the best football stories of the year. Hurts became the starting quarterback for the University of Alabama in his freshman year, becoming the first true freshman quarterback for Alabama in 32 years. His freshman year, he led his team to a perfect season, won the SEC Championship, but lost the National Championship to Clemson. In Hurts’ Sophomore year, he led his team to a 13–1 season, but in the National Championship game he was replaced by true freshman, Tua Tagovailoa, who led Alabama to win the National Championship in 2017. Hurts lost his job as starter to Tagovailoa in the 2018 season. Many advised Hurts that he should transfer to another school. He didn’t, and it paid off for him in the 2018 SEC Championship Game. In October of 2018, Hurts sent a tweet that simply said, “PERSEVERANCE . . .” He also posted on Instagram, “Life is like a book. God has already written every chapter of my life. I am just reading it one page at a time.”
Much can be learned from the character and perseverance of this 20-year-old. I am sure his story will be talked about for years to come. He could have easily given up. He had every right to give up. But he chose to stay. Had he transferred, no one would have blamed him. And perhaps, few would have remembered him. His story is not merely of leading his team to win the 2018 SEC Championship. His story is that he persevered and the payoff was worth it!
In the beginning of his first book, Peter encourages believers in Spiritual disciplines and he adds to the list, perseverance. Perseverance is more than just not giving up. Perseverance implies continually working at it, whatever it is. For the Christian, it is continuing to practice the Spiritual disciplines even when it feels like the coach has forgotten your number.
It is knowing that He has written your story, and that it is your job to read it a page at a time. Persevere, the payoff is worth it!
Whatever you are going through, whatever has gotten you down or gets you down…don’t give up. God knows you and knows your story! Trust Him and
“PERSEVERE . . ."
"PERSEVERANCE IS MORE THAN JUST NOT GIVING UP."
GOD, GIVE ME PERSEVERANCE FOR:
PRAYER GUIDE FOR TODAY:
Pray for Pastor Joel and Sherry.
Pray for the staff.
Pray for the church that we would persevere in our goal to reach #peavinecity with the gospel.
Pray for yourself that God would help you to persevere in spiritual disciplines in your life.