Have Faith November Issue

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Day 3

Don’t give up... Philippians 3:7-14

I wanted to reflect on something that I feel is

close to everyone’s heart, the will to go on. I

think that it’s fair to say that for those of us

that have served in the Armed Forces, have at

some point had to find that extra-something

else to get us through difficult circumstances.

We all have that pig-headed stubbornness to

succeed which usually started coming out

during our basic training. But it’s not just us

old vets that possess this trait. Every human

that is born has it, without exception.

Earlier this year, I took much pleasure in

watching SAS: Who Dares Wins. It was a

celebrity special with the competitors putting

themselves through extreme challenges set

up by British Special Forces to support those

with Cancer. A very noble thing to do. The

challenges were extreme and pushed the contestants

to the very limit of their endurance,

sometimes beyond. It impressed me no end

to see the human spirit come through despite

the physical hardship that they endured but in

reality. They were all volunteers and they all

knew that within a few days they would return

back to their lives no worse for the wear.

But my mind did wander to those with little or

no choice who have to endure great pain and

sacrifice and yet still do not give up. Those

suffering terrible illness, poverty, persecution

and oppression.

tools to succeed and to fail.

For all that are struggling, about to undertake

a struggle or hardship, I would like to share a

passage with you which I believe can give each

and everyone of us strength to succeed.

Hebrews 12: 1-3

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such

a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off

everything that hinders and the sin that so

easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance

the race marked out for us,

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and

perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he

endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat

down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 Consider him who endured such opposition

from sinners, so that you will not grow weary

and lose heart.

What our heroic competitors endured, although

impressive, was very little in comparison

to the suffering and courage of Jesus on

that final walk. Every agonising step taken

with the cross was a step to save us all from

sin.

Our strength, as humans, is exceptional. Our

choices of how to use that strength is what

defines us. Some of us give up sooner than

others but most of the time it is just because

we lose sight of our goal or forget what we are

fighting for.

Some of us dig in and refuse to give up and

drive on, determined never to be beat. But

believe it or not, there is very little difference

in the two, just choices. We all have the same

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