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I remember watching a Grand Prix racing event a few years back. Typically, all eyes are on the winner as they take their victory lap. But on this particular occasion, it wasn’t the winner who captured the cameras’ attention—it was the car in last place. Nigel Mansel’s vehicle had run out of gas, yet he refused to give up. With sheer determination, he pushed his car forward by hand a few yards at a time, collapsing from exhaustion, only to muster the strength to try again. It was a powerful testament to the human spirit, a lesson in perseverance that resonated far beyond the confines of the racetrack.

 

Why does this story resonate? Because we all know the temptation to quit. Life throws challenges; sometimes, it’s just easier to throw in the towel. Think back on your own life. What have you given up on too soon? Piano lessons? College? Maybe even a career? We’ve all got something. But Philippians 3:13 tells us to forget what’s behind us and focus on what lies ahead. God didn’t design us to dwell on past failures.

The “Instamatic” Age

We’re in the midst of what I call the “Instamatic Age.” We crave instant success, overnight stardom, and quick fixes for everything from spiritual growth to marital harmony. If our desires aren’t immediately fulfilled, we’ll quickly throw in the towel. It’s a symptom of our society’s impatience, our aversion to enduring challenges. 

 

We’ve become a people accustomed to quitting too soon, lacking the resilience to persevere when the going gets tough. Yet, endurance is the cornerstone of character. It sustains us through trials and tribulations. Think about it: if you have a grand vision for your life, what’s going to see it through to fruition? Endurance. You can’t buy it, bargain for it, or luck into it. Endurance is built by learning to crash through those quitting points, push past the urge to give up, and emerge stronger on the other side. 

 

It pays to consider the hefty price tag of quitting. How many times have we looked back and wondered why we took the easy way out instead of persevering? It’s true; quitting is often the path of least resistance. It’s easier to cozy up at home and binge-watch TV than enroll in community college courses. It’s easier to storm out during a disagreement with our spouse than to humble ourselves and seek reconciliation. And it’s certainly easier to drift along with the current of our culture than to anchor ourselves in God’s will for our lives.

 

James 1:2 says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” 

What are Quitting Points?

Quitting points are those pivotal moments where the desire to throw in the towel becomes almost irresistible. For runners, it’s hitting that 6th or 7th mile when every step feels like an eternity, your sides ache, and exhaustion threatens to overwhelm you. It’s a mental and physical battle against the urge to stop.

 

Employees encounter quitting points when the workload becomes overwhelming. In relationships, quitting points often arise during repetitive arguments that seem impossible to resolve. Husbands and wives find themselves locked in a frustrating cycle, unable to break free from the pattern of conflict and misunderstanding.

 

Then there are the moral quitting points—the moments when you keep stumbling over the same sin, returning to God with a heavy heart, convinced that you’ll never overcome it. The temptation to give up, to resign yourself to failure, can feel insurmountable.

 

But here’s the thing: quitting points are not the end of the road. They’re challenges to be conquered, obstacles to overcome. With determination and perseverance, and most importantly, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can push through the pain and emerge stronger on the other side. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

 

Galatians 6:9 says we’ll reap a harvest if we don’t give up. That’s the truth we need to hold onto when things get tough. Endurance isn’t about fancy words or grand gestures—it’s about gritting your teeth and pushing through, even when it feels impossible.

 

So, are you facing a quitting point right now? Don’t let it define you. Don’t let it be the end of your story. Because victory is on the other side of that struggle. To learn more, visit our website at Dream City Church or get involved in one of our ministries. Questions? Contact us today!

 

The above is an abbreviated version of the message that Pastor Luke originally preached on April, 8th, 2024, at the Long Beach campus. We invite you to join us for Sunday Service at Dream City Church each week to hear Pastor Luke and other speakers in person. You can also stream our services online here. If you enjoyed this article, don’t forget to share it with someone who might need to hear this powerful message!

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