He died before I was born, so what I know about him came from history books. As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill is frequently credited with unifying the necessary allies to defeat Nazi Germany during World War II. One of his many laudable qualities was the ability to rally people who were on the brink of quitting.
During the darkest days of WWII, Churchill frequently blurred the lines between speech and battle cry. For example, a 1941 commencement speech included these memorable words, “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.” Churchill is also credited with this:
Success is the ability to move from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Whether facing war, or simply attempting to make it through another day, Churchill’s words still ring true; for life will rise up to knock each of us down. How we respond to our setbacks, however, determines if we’re defeated. The quotes above address two common responses to life’s setbacks. Some people simply quit. Alternatively, many people move from failure to failure, but in doing so, they lose all zest for life. They’re going through the motions, gritting their teeth, and waiting for the “sweet release of death.”
Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in marriage. Unfortunately, we bought into the notion that Christ + our smoochie-poo = lifelong bliss! But when reality sets in, we either give up and physically divorce, or we lose all enthusiasm for the relationship (i.e., emotionally divorce) and limp to the finish line. While we follow God’s mandate not to divorce, we’re miserable every step of the way.
How do you respond to setbacks and discouragement? Do you give up? Do you hang on with no enthusiasm or hope? What practical difference can Christ make during the hard times? –Dave
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
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