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Don't Be Remembered For The Time You Quit

Endurance Faithfulness Perseverance

Source: "The Champ Throws in the Towel" By RED SMITH , NY Times, November 25, 1980

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:4 ; Job 3:1

Author: Howard Harden
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One of the biggest boxing matches of the twentieth century took place on November 25, 1980, at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a rematch between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. Duran had won the previous fight and was the favorite the second time around. He had a record of 72 wins and just one loss and he had won his last forty-one fights. That is some winning streak.

The rematch was a close fight. Only a point or two separated the two fighters on the judges’ scorecards. But then something unthinkable happened in the eighth round that no one expected. Roberto Duran turned to the referee and spoke two words: "No Mas." "No more." He quit.  He wasn’t injured. He wasn’t cut. He was frustrated and he’d had enough. Here is a fighter who was one of the best to ever step into the ring. He won a total of 103 fights, but when anyone mentions his name today, the first thing that comes to mind is “no mas.” People remember the day he quit.

APPLICATION

We have all had times when we felt like quitting. Quitting your job. Quitting the class you teach. Quitting on your marriage. Some people even give up on God. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of people in this country give up on life itself. Over 959,000, almost a million Americans, attempt suicide every year.

Some of the greatest heroes of the Bible thought about giving up. Elijah said, “Lord, go ahead and take my life. I’m finished” (1 Kings 19:4). Job said, “Cursed be the day I was born” (Job 3:1). Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. He said, “O that my eyes were a fountain of tears that I might weep day and night" (Jeremiah 9:1). 

Yet, these men overcame the temptation to quit and served God faithfully. So when you are tempted to quit, remember, you are in good company. Hang in there. Keep serving. Keep being faithful. Keep doing what God wants you to do. Don't be known for the time you decided to quit. 

Oxford Students Given Trigger Warnings

Perseverance Maturity Reward

Source: “Trigger Warnings For Oxford Law Students 'Distressed' By Crime In Criminal Law Class,” By Paul Caron, TaxProf Blog, Published 05/2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-30

Scripture: James 1:12 ; James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Paul Caron, with TaxProf Blog, reports:

Oxford students studying criminal law have been told they can duck out of lectures if they find the crimes they cover upsetting. Aspiring barristers at the prestigious school now have the option of skipping teaching on “potentially distressing” acts if they do not feel up to it. Lecturers have been told to start providing trigger warnings at the start of potentially upsetting segments so that students can leave.

 

APPLICATION

One has to wonder how well equipped these criminal law students will be for their chosen field, if they can’t even sit through an upsetting lecture. 

As much as we might prefer it, we don’t always get the choice to “duck out” of the upsetting events of life.  That’s why it’s so important that, instead of running from trials and challenges, we allow ourselves to mature through the testing of our faith.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3). 

Also, God knows that it's through perseverance in the challenges of life that we not only mature and grow, but that we achieve eternal rewards. 

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him" (James 1:12). 

Strive To Find Rest

Rest Perseverance Refuge

Source: “Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place,” by Jon Hamilton, NPR, April 21, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-12

Scripture: Hebrews 4:11 ; Matthew 14:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jon Hamilton, with NPR, reports:

When you sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain is getting a good night's rest.

"The left side seems to be more awake than the right side," says Yuka Sasaki, an associate professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University.

The finding, reported Thursday in the journal Current Biology, helps explain why people tend to feel tired after sleeping in a new place. 

... Sleep researchers discovered the "first-night effect" decades ago, when they began studying people in sleep labs. The first night in a lab, a person's sleep is usually so bad that researchers simply toss out any data they collect.

APPLICATION

Vigilance is important but so is rest. We must not give up rest to be vigilant, but must learn, especially in threatening times, to pursue both.  Even Jesus, at the height of his ministry, took the time to slip away to the mountains.

Not even the need to be vigilant overrides our need to find rest in God.

“So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall” (Hebrews 4:11). 

"After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone" (Matthew 14:23). 

A Whale Of A Find

Reward Trials Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Clinging To The Cross

Cross Perseverance Trials

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-26

Scripture: Galatians 6:14

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Snodgrass's Muff

Guilt Perspective Perseverance

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-08-10

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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In Search of Cracker Barrel

Kingdom of God Seeker Perseverance

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-06-12

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:13 ; Matthew 7:7

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Eyes On Target

Perseverance Followership Object Lessons

Contributed By: Jon Winkelman | Date Posted: 2015-06-06

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

Author: Jon Winkelman
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A Plug Horse for God

Endurance Perseverance Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-21

Scripture: Galatians 6:9

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Man Who Walks 21 Miles to Work Receives Windfall Blessing

Faithfulness Reward Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-17

Scripture: Proverbs 10:4 ; Proverbs 20:13

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