This is an odd blog title since it seems like I quit blogging. There are many reasons for my blog delinquency, but only one is legit, the others are just lame excuses. Here’s my respectable reason for my invisible blogs of late: most of my writing energy is being invested in a new book about parenting that should be completed in the next couple of months.
I have three working titles. Which one do you think is best?
The Heart of Parenting
Discipleship at Home
My First, Second, and Third Attempts at Parenting
While researching for my new book, I stumbled on this blog that was originally posted six years ago. I thought it might be a good Christmas season post.
Ever want to quit—a relationship, job, church—but the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let you?
Even though it would be easier to walk.
Even though you were wronged.
Even though it hurts to stay.
Maybe the marriage is not all you dreamed it would be.
Maybe the job is not what it was promised to be.
Maybe the church really is filled with hypocrites.
But for some reason, God will not let you quit.
So what do you do? Stay, or walk? Go for it on 4th and 20, or punt? Fight on, or tap out? All in, or fold?
What do you do when everything in you says to quit, but some faint barely discernible still quiet voice says to hang in there?
If you ever feel like that, I suggest you read the Christmas story.
The one in Matthew 1:18–25.
Summary. A man discovers his fiancé is pregnant. The baby is not his. She claims it is God’s. Yea, right. I’m out of here. He wasn’t bitter or vindictive. Just hurt. Confused. And moving on with his life. But while he was sleeping, God sent an angel to tell him that the baby really was from God, and he better not quit.
I’m sure he still had questions. And doubts. And pain. But he stayed. He went for it. All in.
“When he woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded.” (v. 24)
Same question as before: ever wanna quit—relationship, job, church—but the Holy Spirit says not to?
We all have.
Aren’t you glad you listened to him and refused to quit?