Don't Give Up

This past Sunday night was a special time for our family.  Our oldest daughter, Victoria, was chosen by audition to perform in an Honors Piano Recital at a local university.  When Victoria began lessons nearly eight years ago, she never imagined such a night.   Her goal was to play at church for Sunday worship services.  Three years ago, after four years of lessons and hours of daily practice, she met that goal and became a member of the worship team where she continues to play most every Sunday.  But God had other plans and so she continued her piano studies.  As I sat there looking at the students, I thought of all the hard work and collective years of preparation for this moment.  Some goals in life are only achieved over a long period of preparation.  Those goals are not for the faint-hearted who give up when things get tough.  These students had persevered through the difficult times and emerged triumphant.  What a joy to celebrate their victory!   Maybe God has called you to something that requires years of preparation and planning.  It probably requires diligence and time with few or little visible results. (Homeschooling and raising children are two such calls that come to mind…)  There will be difficult days.  Don’t give up.  Persevere.  Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.  Be obedient to His call for your life.  You will emerge triumphant!   

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14