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Don’t Quit Now!

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 30, 2010

Don’t Quit Now!

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God,

you will receive what he has promised.

HEBREWS 10:35-36

The latest article was not going well. I needed fresh ideas, but every thing my fingers produced was stale. Ah, Lord, whatever made me think I could write anyway? seemed to be my most persistent prayer.

Then in the middle of that sluggish Saturday morning, my daughter, Holly, arrived and insisted we go horseback riding. “Might as well,” I muttered. “I’m not getting anything accomplished here.”

Within the hour, we were at our favorite stable, but the docile horse I usually rode was already on the trail for the entire day. There was nothing to do but request the second most docile. Soon a large black horse was being led toward me. We eyed each other for a moment, and then I took the reins and led him to the mounting block.

There, I placed my left foot in the stirrup and had just started to swing my right leg over the saddle when the horse decided he didn’t want me on his back. And he cleverly—and quickly—began to sidestep away from the block. There I was, one foot in the stirrup and the other poised in midair. I didn’t have the agility—nor the dainty figure—to shift my weight quickly and throw myself into the saddle. Instead, I was perched in midair for several moments.

The stable owner stood below me, arms in the air as though to catch me when I fell. There was only one convenient part of my anatomy to push, but he knew me well enough not to try that. So with arms waving, he hopped from foot to foot and yelled, “Don’t quit now, ma’am! Don’t quit now!”

Holly was bent forward in her own saddle, howling with laughter at the scene, so of course, I started chuckling and then had an even tougher time hauling myself into position. But at last, I shoved my foot into the stirrup, the horse gave a defeated snort, and I turned his head toward the trail.

Right then I knew the ride, even with its tenuous start, was exactly what I needed to finish my assignment. Besides, I had too much time and effort already invested in the project to abandon it. I whispered, “Thank you, Lord,” and then, calling a robust “Don’t quit now!” I followed a still-laughing Holly up the trail.

Now whenever I’m tempted to quit—whether in the middle of an endeavor or one of life’s challenges—I remind myself of that experience and the words of the stable owner. “Don’t quit now!” is a phrase we’d all do well to remember when times get tough.

Excerpt from Sandra P Aldrich From One Single Mother to Another: Heartlifting Encouragement and Practical Advice

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