We have a sign in our basement...Chloe made it one day during break for when she is running on the treadmill...it says "DON'T GIVE UP! You CAN DO IT!" And she is sooooo right. Not just about running but about life in general. Think about this...when people give up living in community...when they give up staying connected with other believers...they eventually GIVE UP a lot more. They find reasons to stay away...they find that life is swallowing them up...and they don't "feel" like being involved anymore...they feel disconnected. WHY? Because they "gave up" and didn't keep themselves involved.
I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU the importance of living in community with people...living your life close enough to others so they can encourage you, celebrate with you, hurt with you...and in order to do that you must NEVER GIVE UP ON THEM! Because we do stupid and hurtful things sometimes...we do make a mess of our lives and a mess of our relationships. BUT when we choose...WE CHOOSE...DID YOU CATCH THAT...WE CHOOSE to NEVER give up...then we will get through that...and when the storm of life dies down we will be so thankful that we fought our emotions and feelings. That we didn't give up!
Stay the course my friends...you will be so thankful that you did!