If you have ever coached, played or watched a little league baseball game, you know that no lead in safe. My oldest son James played in the 11-12 year old championship game two years in a row. The first game went into extra innings as each team went ahead, lost the lead only to tie the game in their last at bats. Running out of pitchers, James came on in relief, pitching the 7th and 8th. Needing one out to close out the game, an error let in the tying run. In the bottom of the 8th, James was left on the mound while the opposing team celebrated. One year later, the championship game went into the 9th, but this time his team walked off champions. I hope these 2 games helped teach my son that it’s not over until you quit.
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith,” Matthew 21:22.
During my sophomore year of college, my ultimate frisbee team reached the finals. From a talent stand point, my team didn’t deserve to win based upon merit. Down the entire game, I threw a Hail Mary pass as time was about to expire. Laying on my back, I watched as my throw sailed over two teammates in the end zone. However, a gust of wind miraculously keep the frisbee in the air long enough for our fastest player to make a game tying catch. In overtime, a defensive stop gave us a chance to take our first lead of the game. While making a catch in the end zone, a 6 foot 3 inch 200 pound defender landed on my arm. Somehow by the grace of God, I held on seal the victory. This experience taught me to never give up.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13.
After the crucifixion of Jesus on a cross, one disciple committed suicide, others went into hiding and a few returned to their former trades. On the eve of Easter Sunday, Jesus’ mother, Mary Magdalene and other women went to ceremonially prepare Jesus’ body. Perhaps, some of them went to this cave, tomb hoping for a miracle. Upon their arrival, an angel of the Lord delivered incredible news. If someone can rise from the dead, then nothing is impossible. Thus, these godly women learned a valuable life lesson, its not over until you quit. Therefore, despite whatever trials you may endure, don’t give up, don’t ever give up.
by Jay Mankus