One night last week she was working on her handstand walkover and she could not get it perfect. She has done this move 100 times now, but for some reason, she just could not get it perfect this time. She became so frustrated and angry she stormed off crying into her bathroom and yelled out, "I quit!!"
I went in to talk to her and told her a few words of encouragement. I told her how the gymnasts on TV would not be on TV if they quit the first time they could not nail a landing. I told her that life is going to be full of let downs, frustrations and hard work. I also told her about all of the persecution I have been receiving from people I love and respect because of the fact that I follow Jesus and live my life for Him. I have been bad-mouthed, told lies on, lost family and friends due to my faith, and so much more due to my life transformation. I have felt like giving up so many times on my ministry, especially due to the shame and guilt of it my past. I have felt like giving up on my marriage due to the difficulties that we have faced because of my affairs, and just life in general because it gets HARD!!! But I am reminded of the scripture I just studied this morning from Galatians 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Jesus was persecuted, mocked, betrayed and hated in the bible. So I always remind myself, "Shannon you are in good company." God did not give up me when I was in the pit of sin, living for fleshly desires and doing my own thing in life. He stood by me, watching and waiting for me to get to the lowest point of my life until the day that I looked to the HIGHEST! And because of not giving up on my ministry, my family and my life, He has blessed it abundantly! He has opened doors for me that I never could have done on my own. NEVER GIVE UP!