Before You Quit…Remember

“Never quit anything without first pausing to remember why you started in the first place.”

I read this quote in my Twitter feed yesterday. It’s great advice. The more I thought about this quote, the more I realized how it applies to so many areas in our lives.

When we are pursuing our dreams, sometimes the initial goal becomes fuzzy the further on down the road we travel. We get distracted, we get bogged down with details, and we get frustrated. We forget about that single spark that first stirred the fire in our hearts. The first spark that gave us a glimpse of what could be.

The same goes with the relationships we invest in during our lifetime. When things get messy, and they do, it’s hard to remember how the sweet story all started. We forget how  beautiful it felt the first time he reached out and took our hand in his.

Pausing and reflecting on the beginning points of the journey is so important.

It brings us back when we feel like checking out.

It reminds us that the passions we have and the relationship we cherish are worth fighting for.

The spark is still there. It just needs a little oxygen.

What are you tempted to give up on today?

Pause, take a deep breath, and remember why you started in the first place.

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
(Romans 12: 11-12 Message)

Oh, and I’ve been looking for a reason to post this song by Jason Mraz. I think it fits today.  It’s recently become a favorite in our house.  Even my 8 year-old son loves this song!

Linking up with Jen today over at Finding Heaven.


13 thoughts on “Before You Quit…Remember

  1. Gaby

    Hi, Eileen. Coming from Jen’s place. This is a thinking one. My first instinct when things get tough is to turn around and run the other way. The Lord in his wisdom paired me up with a man who is the consummate optimist. He keeps me going when I want to quit. Lately it has been an adoption from Haiti that has turned out to be particularly complicated 🙂 But we keep on trucking. Nice to meet you!

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Gaby for coming by. I tend to be tempted to run the other way too. You’ve got to love spouses who encourage us to keep moving forward and to not give up.

  2. HopeUnbroken

    well, my list is too long to place here 🙂 but recently, it seems i feel like quitting weekly, so this was great encouragement to read!
    thanks so much for sharing. always love visiting here. have a great week!

  3. Jen

    I think God just spoke to me today through this. I’m going to pray for further discernment, but just recently there came about an opportunity. I felt the spark and then got bogged down in the details, and just shoved the opportunity aside. Reading this post made me realize that first feeling I had. Going to explore more deeply. As always, thank you for listening and writing in your own amazing way.

  4. Jessie Gunderson

    I love this! Great reminder. Probably one of the more timely things I’ve read lately. I NEEDED this. Sometimes God’s still small voice or even silence doesn’t mean he is ignoring me it means KEEP GOING! 🙂

  5. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – love this bit “The spark is still there. It just needs a little oxygen.” God is our oxygen, best we invest heavily in it. Great post
    God bless

  6. Paula

    I needed these words and didn’t even know it. I’m not over extended because some time around my late 30’s I figured out I could say no. With that said, I’m juggling several personal and professional balls and suddently it is getting hard. I was wondering which ball I should drop. Your post brought something to light. I don’t think I need to drop any of them. Your words reminded me that I need to remember why I allowed myself to toss each ball into my juggling circle. So I’m juggling a few balls…I’ve done harder and these balls were picked up after spending time with Him. I think I’m gonna focus on the spark that started it all and rejoice that I have the capability to keep going.


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