For you have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (Hebrew 10:36)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
WHY PEOPLE QUIT?
Among the things that war against our excelling still more are our individual quitting points - points where we tend to give up. This is where some person or task tests your patience to a certain limit and you say, "That's it! I'm through!" This can happen on our jobs, in dealing with our children or in our struggles with temptation. Every single one of us has quitting points. What are some of yours?
Maybe you have a low tolerance for problems in relationships. When things are running smooth, everything's fine. But what happens when the temperature begins to rise and the two of you don't see eye to eye on things like you used to? You feel the heat. Finally, when the relationship thermometer hits 104 degrees (98 or 84), you say, "That's it! I'm not taking this anymore. I'm out of here!"
When we reach a certain level of physical, emotional, or mental pain, we reach a quitting point and our systems begin to shut down. This quitting point can be the result of past habits, or it may simply be our predetermined tolerance level for problem solving. Whatever the cause, we bail out predictable consistency at that certain quitting point.
On a pain threshold of 1 to 10 - 1 being the "no pain at all" and 10 being the "Extremely painful" - how do you do? When a situation gets to be a 4, is that your quitting point? When someone gives you trouble or doesn't accept your suggestions, when things don't go exactly the way you want them to, do you start counting, "One, two, three, four! That's it! I'm through!" and bail out?
The devil is shrewd. He may be defeated, but he's not stupid. He is crafty and deceptive, and he would love nothing better than to take down as many of God's children as he can before his time is up. And you can bet that he knows your quitting points.
I'll bet Satan has statistical records on each of us, like a college football coach keeps on the players of opposing teams. He has a file with your name on it, and in this file is a graph plotting all your common quitting points. He keeps a running tally of these things. The devil knows if, on a pain threshold of 1 to 10, you bail out at 5.5 every time. So how does he use that information?
WATCH OUT - SATAN's GOT YOUR NUMBER
The devil knows that whatever you need to do to sidestep pain or consequences, you'll do it. Even if it means going against your faith, your family or God's plans for your future. If you are unwilling to break through your quitting points, you will let the avoidance of pain become your god. Then all the devil needs to do is cause some rumblings, a little seismic activity in your life, to begin to undermine your resolve. It could begin with a minor complaint or a criticism about your weight or performance that demoralizes a relationship. It could be further damaged by the loss of someone close to you that you refuse to release. Your frustration may be further exacerbated by a financial loss or health setback. Soon the thermometer reaches 104 degrees, and you know what's coming next. Some people simply bail out, others blow up in anger, while others use their circumstances as an excuse to dive into the bottle or an affair.
One measure of a man or woman is what it takes to get him or her to bail out of a commitment, whether it be a marriage, a friendship or a faith. What is the threshold of your quitting point?
Circle the word "endurance" in your heart and mind, for you need endurance to break through those quitting points and keep moving forward.
Make a decision now to change. Increase your capacity to deal with problems and discover how much more fruitful life can be.
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