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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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ILLUSTRATION

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. 

Equal and Opposite Pressure

Cynicism Endurance God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-30

Scripture: 1 John 4:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Bathyspheres are special deep water chambers which are designed to cope with the extreme pressure at the ocean's depths.  Encased in extra thick cast steel, they hold at bay the pressure that bears against them.  The fish that swim just outside the portals of these vessels are not steel plated, yet they swim about carefree, completely at ease in their pressure filled environment.  How do they do it?  Their anatomy is fashioned to apply equal and opposite pressure from within!  Their exteriors are soft and pliable, but their inward parts are tough as steel. 

APPLICATION

When life begins bearing down on us, it's easy to put on a hard exterior in order to hold the pressures and stresses at bay. But the Christian needn't become cynical or "hard" to cope with the world.  Like the fish of the deep, we possess a power from within, which is able to match and equalize the opposing pressures from without.  

The Apostle John put it this way, ". . . greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1John 4:4).  In other words, whatever the pressures maybe on the outside, the believer has a greater power residing within.  

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A Plug Horse for God

Endurance Perseverance Reward

Source: WHY YOU SAY IT, by Webb Garrison, p. 58

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

Scripture: Galatians 6:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

"Given a long and perhaps monotonous job, one person may quit in disgust.  Facing the same chores, another person may plug away, day after day, until the end is reached.  This common figmant of speech compares anyone in the latter category with a plug horse.  Unlike a splendid racer who gave everything it had for a limited time and then was put out to pasture, the plug horse somethimes devoted an entire life to pulling a hackney cab or a dreay.  After a decade of such work, an animal's steps were likely to be slow and plodding.  Probably named from the typical noises made in walking, the plug horse had it all over the racehorse in one respect.  A plug kept on going, year after year, until a contemporary racer's productive life was long surpassed, suggesting that a person who plugs away at a task may eventually reach a point that a fiery enthusiast never glimpses except from a distance."

APPLICATION

In the Christian life, it is preferable to "plug away" than to sprint and fade.  Be a plug horse for God.  It's less glorious, but in the end more pleasing and more productive. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).

Runner Celebrates Too Soon, Loses Race

Reward Faithfulness Endurance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-16

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1 ; 1 Corinthians 9:24

Author: Danielle Elliottt, Yahoo! Sports / Illustration Ex
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A New Year's Prayer

New Year's Prayer Endurance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-29

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Unknown
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Runner Enters 10K Race and Ends Up in Marathon

Endurance Submission God's Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-05-08

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Keeping the Torch Lit

Passion First Love Endurance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-09

Scripture: Revelation 2:1

Author: Joseph Stowell
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Delayed Gratification

Reward Discipline (Self) Endurance

Contributed By: Rich Wilbur | Date Posted: 2013-01-25

Scripture: Hebrews 6:12

Author: Emily Bazelon
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Are You Feeling Bushed?

Endurance Good Works Burn Out

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-25

Scripture: Galatians 6:9

Author: Webb Garrison
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Keep Plugging Away

Endurance Faithfulness Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-09

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24 ; Hebrews 12:1

Author: Webb Garrison
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