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Before you Quit

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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday.
Every part of life has its moments when you want to quit and throw in the towel.  That can apply to your job, marriage, a daily discipline - every aspect of life.
I love the story of the pastor who under the stress of a church problem felt he could take no more. So, he sat down and wrote a letter to every member of his congregation. He didn’t exactly resign, but came close to it. In the letter he confessed his frustration and discouragement and ended the letter with, “Perhaps my work here is finished.”
He printed out the letter and, against her better judgment, his wife helped him stuff the envelopes and apply the stamps. He dropped them off at the post office and drove home convinced he had done the right thing.
Now, most seasoned pastors would have told him not to act rashly, that these things often look different after a good night’s sleep, and that at the very least he should have let that letter “sit” overnight and read it more dispassionately the next morning. But, he had done it and that was that.
Or so he thought.
The next day, every single one of those letters was back in his mail box. The cost of postage had gone up that week and he had not put enough stamps on them.
The pastor stood there glaring at all those returned letters and recognized God had sent him a message. “Lord,” he called out “this ain’t funny!” After that he broke out into laughter. 
Here are some simple words of wisdom and counsel if you are thinking of throwing in the towel.
1) Stay on your knees. Get alone with the Lord and don’t leave until you’ve said everything on your mind and have remained in that position long enough to hear everything the Lord has to say.
2) Life is not about you - It’s about the Lord Jesus Christ and Him only. In the words of John the Baptist: “He must increase; I must decrease.”
3) Life is all about obedience and faithfulness.  Basic Christian discipleship is all about obeying the Lord.
As I’ve gotten older I appreciate the words to the hymn Trust and Obey. They truly are key to living the life of a believer.
The words are these:
When we walk with the Lord
in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way.
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
See you on Sunday in person or join us online
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug