We have all had our chance and experience with the frustration of trying and trying and trying again, with no results of finality of what we had hoped. Sometimes we call it quits, and walk away, maybe missing the opportunity of making it work if we had given it one more try. Sometimes we feel that we are spinning our wheels and making no advancement, yet all the while we were building our strength of character or metal of our determination, or even learning more about the process-ourselves- or others. We talk ourselves into believing that it is OK to give up, stop trying, assign blame to another. We quit and walk away.
I guess that there is a bit of knowing when to "hold them and when to fold them" and that comes from knowing the worth of the goal or task to be accomplished. Is it worth it?! What is the cost? What is still needed and is that available? Maybe it's like the old song, "High Hopes" with moving dams, rubber tree plants and such.
This morning we hear of Alleluias and cheers of "He is Risen!" and we are lifted in spirit to those words because they announce that someone, Jesus, has done what mankind has never been able to do. He had to do it and clear the way! Leaders are called to do that, remove barriers that demoralize, depress, and hold back their people. He did just that! We are now free from so much that would and could hold us back! We now have a promise of Eternal Life, Forgiveness of Sin, and a source of Hope, Love, Grace, and Salvation that never existed before in such form or matter. Jesus did what nobody had ever done, and at the same time, provided the encouragement and ability for all of us to follow, to receive and to share God's ultimate gift of Love, a promise that there will be no more barriers, no more death, no need for despair, no more need or temptation to give up! We can now have a life in Grace!
Do Not Give Up! He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Happy Easter Everyone!
Easter Morning - "When people try and do what they cannot do, they wish to give up!" Dr. Edward Deming