Thursday, January 17, 2013

Too Legit to Quit

There are times in life when quitting just isn't an option.  If you're swimming in deep water and a shark is chasing you, quitting is not an option.  If you are a man rushing to the hospital in time to be with your wife as your first child is being born, quitting is not an option.  If you are down by 5 points while in the red zone during the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl, quitting is not an option.

But there are times in life when quitting is TOTALLY an option.  If you are in a horrible job that you hate and have hustled (TM Jon Acuff) to make your dream work for you, it's totally okay to quit.  If you have an addiction, it's time to quit.  If you are a volunteer who is burnt out and needs some time to recover and rediscover their passion for serving, it is definitely time to quit.

But let me tell you this, quitting isn't always the best option.  And just because it is an option, doesn't mean it is the right option.

So i'm here to tell you, MC Hammer style, that I'm just "too legit to quit".

I'm part of an organization that I've been involved in for years and quite frankly, they have dug themselves a hole.  They are in a tough spot financially and their membership has dwindled over the last decade.  But I'm not leaving...  why?  Because I want to be a part of the solution.  Plenty of people have taken the easy way out and left already.  I don't want to be a man known for taking the easy way out.  If the organization ends up shutting it's doors, I'll say that I was there and gave my all trying to do the right thing and fighting to save something that is worth saving.  If the group manages to change their current direction, start thinking forward, and develop a unified vision for their future, I'll be able to say that I was a part of God doing something amazing and miraculous.

As humans we have a sort of spark inside of us.  That spark is the fingerprint of God that shows we are made by God and in God's image.  Part of that spark is our penchant for stories of redemption.  Just as God loves to restore the broken, we love seeing it happen.  This is why we love characters like Rocky Balboa, Darth Vader, and Severus Snape.  We love to see the broken restored to greatness.

So rather than just watch movies and read books about it, I'd rather be a part of God's adventure.  I am resolved to be a part of God restoring this once great organization.

So I'll ask you to join in God's adventure.  What is there in your life that you could quit, but instead should be a part of?