Quitting is Not an Option!

Twenty years ago, I lived in a Midwestern town with a population of 3,000 people. It was a close-knit community with great schools and people who greeted you on the street. I worked in a small Christian bookstore and was also a member of a home group who prayed for numerous people.

One of the people we prayed for was a Lutheran pastor. He was around forty years old, full head of hair, and wore a clerical collar. All of us gathered around him, laid hands on him, and then I prophesied to him about his calling and some plans I felt the Lord had for him.

When I finished, the Holy Spirit came upon him and he fell to the floor. Something, he did not believe in nor had ever experienced before in his life. As he laid on the floor the Holy Spirit spoke to his heart and gave him even more revelations.

Now, let’s fast forward to eight months later.

The same Lutheran pastor had fifteen year old son who committed suicide. It was such a shocking devastation that the whole community shut down for the funeral. Long lines of people waited to offer sympathetic words to the pastor and his wife.

Somehow, I ended up being at the end of the line. When I approached the couple, I felt the Holy Spirit wanted to speak some words of encouragement to the pastor.

“You can’t quit,” I said.

“What?” he replied through tear-filled eyes.

“You can’t quit on your calling,” I said. “Because if you quit, that means the devil has won. And the Lord and your son do not want you to quit just because the battle has been tough. Keep on walking.”

Every part of the mask he was hiding behind fell off his face. He stood there as a destroyed man,  tears streaming down his face. His wife gripped his arm.

“I can’t go on,” he whispered.

“Yes, you can.”

We held each other and wept. Then, the two walked into the sanctuary for the funeral services.

Sometimes, it feels like we can not make it into our callings or fulfill our divine destinies because the price is too costly. That is a lie because the Lord is able to turn our mourning into dancing and clothe us with joy.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

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19 responses to “Quitting is Not an Option!

  1. Thanks for those words, Larry, and welcome back from your month’s retreat. Please join me in praying for my close friend, Rev. Raymond Chin, who underwent surgery yesterday for a very aggressive form of prostate cancer which was discovered only a few weeks ago. Grace and peace.

  2. God never ceases to amaze….

  3. Derrick,

    Thanks. I will join you in praying for Rev. Raymond Chin and that he will be healed and continue in his calling.

  4. Naphtali,

    No doubt about that, God also amazes me.

  5. Thank you, Mr. Larry, for encouraging us (I want a stronger word that encourage!) for whatever lies ahead. . .to not quit. This reminds me of when i brought Aub home from public school, mid 3rd grade, to teach her here. There was no way I’d ever planned or thought I would be doing this. I felt ill equipped. She had a whole team of professionals at school. But, I could not NOT do it, even though no one was supportive of me doing it.
    God bless you as you keeping walking with Jesus.

  6. Debbie,

    The word “professional” just means being paid for a job. The word “mom” means a whole lot more than that. I can only imagine how that played out in the heartland of Illinois where corn grows tall and schools are adored by almost everyone.

  7. Caddo Veil

    Wow, Larry–powerful message. In a much lesser venue, I encounter this periodically regarding the blog. I’ll get tired, discouraged–some small thing–want to quit. But for now, it’s what God called me to do–and I can’t NOT show up everyday–because HE Always Does. God bless you–love, sis Caddo (BTW, I’ve got something for y’all manana–)

  8. Caddo Veil,

    Thanks. See you manana.

  9. Thanks Larry. I needed that;)

  10. Judy,

    Thanks for stopping by. We all need to be reminded again and again.

  11. Love the freshness and the sheer power of your words. Thank you. Shakti

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  13. Shakti,

    Thanks for stopping by Shakti.

  14. I had an experience similar to this only it was not the death of a son but an unfaithful wife. I can remember texting a pastor that I did not know well at all, the phrase, “do not quit, you have been called of the Lord”.

  15. Tony,

    Thanks. it’s interesting how God protects His callings in times of crisis.

  16. I never know with you if your stories or true or a result of your vivid imagination. I assume this one is true, but I guess it really does’t matter either way.

    I had wondered if u had quit. I hadn’t seen you around hear for awhile. I’m glad to see that you haven’t. Personally, I am going through a little change in my writing. I always tried to keep my pieces short because I knew that long ones were not really suitable on here. But lately, I have become a little less interested in writing with posting in mind and a little more with my books in mind.

    It has freed me up a little. I think the discipline of trying to say what you want to say in short form is good, but I have to admit, I’ve enjoyed taking a little liberty to add this and that without worrying about it not fitting onto a single page.

    I know that has very little to do with your post. Sorry!

    Came close to deciding on Palm Springs for our anniversary but ended up deciding on Florida instead. Looking back on our last trip there, we went right through your town on the way to Oceanside. If we do ever get together, you’ll have to approach me walking backwards so I can recognize you. 🙂

    All for now.

  17. Mike,

    Thanks. This was a true story and from now on, I will mention that it’s fiction at the beginning.

    Like you, I took a month off from blogging to focus on other writing projects. So, I will be posting from time to time. I can walk backwards…most of the time.

  18. Simple yet powerful words spoken. Blessings upon you for your obedience in sharing His word to others.

  19. Yvette,

    Thanks Yvette. God bless you in Costa Rica.

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