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The truth is, I hate ‘the dip’ and when it comes I too frequently want to quit. When I was 12, I vividly remember pitching in a baseball game. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the strike zone. I walked batter after batter and eventually loaded the bases. I called the coach over and told him that my arm was hurting and that I couldn’t finish the inning. Someone else would have to come and clean up my mess. Even today, I look back and I’m a bit ashamed that I didn’t at least try to finish.
The reality is, I love to start something, but I don’t like having to work through ‘the dip.’ If I were left to my own devices, I’d start way more things than I’d ever be able to finish. Like the guitar classes I took while in college. It was fun at first, but then it got hard and required too much work. When the dip came, I put the guitar down and I’ve rarely picked it up since. Looing back, I wish I had persevered through that dip and learned to play the guitar well.
Fortunately for me, there’s a sense of calling in many of the things in my life. More than anything, that’s what helps me manage ‘the dip.’ One does not easily run from God! Now, when I daydream of quitting something, I remember my calling and how God has been faithful in previous ‘dips’ and I try to press on. But, left to my own devices I’m sure I’d quit again.
Now, another challenge I have is letting myself quit something when it’s the right thing to do!
How do you know when you should quit something?
What keeps you from quitting something you shouldn’t?