“When life comes at you hard, you make it look so easy. No matter what you’re facing, you are my inspiration, yeah. That’s what you are. You’re a fighter that doesn’t know how to back down. You never ever give up. You hold on, no matter what. You show the world the face of brave.”
When you are tempted to give up, remember this— transformation can happen, even in the most difficult of situations. We can change from giving up to being given hope. Jesus gives us an example of hope fulfilled in a parable he tells to his disciples. In Luke 18, Jesus shares an unusual story. First we hear about a judge who is described as “not fearing God and nor caring what people say.” Then we are introduced to a certain widow—a persistent, praying woman, who kept coming to the judge demanding justice against an adversary, to the point that this judge gave in and helped her get justice. Luke introduces this parable by saying that Jesus told the story to show the disciples that they should always pray and not give up. A good lesson for all of us!
I urge you to type this thought out and put it as a reminder on your phone so that you will look at it often. Print it on a sticky note and post it somewhere you will see it every morning. Find a way to keep this very important message from Jesus in front of your eyes constantly. It may not be justice that you are praying for; maybe you just need to personally “hang in there” and wait. While you wait, pray—and don’t give up!
Luke 18:1 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Then Jesus proceeded to tell the story of the persistent widow who got justice by “bothering” the judge so much.
Questions: Do you know someone who never gives up and always fights back when in the middle of difficult circumstances? What are the character qualities that come to mind when you think of this person? What are your favorite Bible verses that help you to fight and persevere when the going gets tough?
Prayer Power: Dear Lord, help me to be a persistent, praying person. Thank you for giving me hope. Help me to always pray and never give up. Amen.
Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.
Contact Jeannie at firstname.lastname@example.org