Quitting cigarettes is pretty difficult, so you quit quitting them and start smoking again. Or, maybe you’re trying to start actually moving your body to the extent that you use more calories than you consume. Then, approximately 8.3 days later, you quit that too. Maybe you quit jobs too often, or you give up trying to get better in your marriage, or you stop reading the Bible. What’s your quitting habit?
I’m that guy who pretends to be one step ahead of all the New Year’s resolution people. Instead of starting some good thing, then quitting it, I just don’t start. That way I don’t have to be a quitter, right? Wrong. Not starting hard things is still quitting.
“Not starting hard things is still quitting.”
So how do we quit all this quitting? Here are six tips with the power to help you and me give up our giving up hobby.
- Don’t start alone. God is the ultimate role model when it comes to never going at it alone. He, His Son, and the Holy Spirit are constantly a trio. Likewise, you plus a few are a lot less likely to go down in flames than you flying solo. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
- Remember, you’re technically never alone. If you try the first tip and everyone else quits, remember Right after Jesus asked us to start the greatest task of all—the Great Commission—He told us he’d always be with us. (Matthew 28:20)
- Be who you are. Wait, what? I thought I was a quitter. When you gave your life up for Christ, you became a conqueror. Actually, more than a conqueror. Next time you’re ready to quit, remember who you are and keep at it. (Romans 8:37)
- Do the work. The best way to stop thinking about quitting is to stay busy doing the thing you know you shouldn’t quit. Pastor Craig put it like this, “Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
- Rest like the Best. Somewhere along the way we got this idea that rest is the opposite of work. If you’ve always budgeted, then rest would be to blow your rent money in Vegas. If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, then a break looks like a deep-fried Snickers on a stick. If you’re faithful in your marriage … you get the picture. God didn’t rest that way. He created everything from scratch, then stopped, looked back, and honored His work by calling it good. His rest celebrated and empowered His work, it did not set it back. (Genesis 1:31 - 2:3)
- Start The Time Is Now Bible Plan Today. Then, use steps one through five to finish it.