Inside the journal of a Christian teen

Never give up

Etched into the red leather on the cover of my current journal my parents gave me for Christmas last year, are the words: Never Give Up! For the past six months of 2018, whenever I came to my journal to pour out my heart to, (After Christ, of course.), I would read those words before I opened it. Some days I would come broken, just barely hanging on. And other days, it would seem as if life could not be more beautiful. Whenever and however my heart was, I would read those words: Never. Give. Up. (!).

To be honest, this has been a hard season, but it has been good for my soul. Learning to never give up, when I feel like that’s the only option. Learning to trust Christ, when I question where and what I stand for. Learning to take what’s on my heart, and place it in God’s hands, when I can’t do anything about it. Learning to keep on encouraging others, even when I’m struggling, or going through something difficult. Learning to trust my King even when He seems far away.

The words Never give up! remind me of one of my favorite bible verse: Galations 6:9-

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we we will reap if we do not give up. 

For the longest time, that verse was written on my chalkboard that hangs on my wall. Every morning when I rolled out of bed, my eye caught that verse written sloppily, with smudged chalk letters, and now it’s in my heart.

I want this to be an encouragement to you. Despite what you’re experiencing, do me a favor and don’t give up. Do it for me. Do it for Christ. No matter how much it hurts to do the right thing, do it. Because in the end, you will reap if you do not give up. Just you wait.



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