It’s Easy To Give Up But Hard To Let Go

It’s easy to give up but hard to let go.

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It’s easy to give up but hard to let go.  Giving up requires no work but fighting requires work yet, for some reason we still rather fight for what is not meant to be ours rather than holding onto the things that God has given to us.

It’s interesting how appealing temptation becomes when we’re in the midst of considering giving up.  Suddenly, that hamburger, that man, that woman and that job seem to be worth giving up on your diet, your marriage, your relationship and your new business.

Fear, doubt, insecurities and uncertainty become so much easier to hold onto versus letting go of them and embracing faith. Ever been in that situation before?  I know I have, and oddly enough each time I gave up and held onto fear or doubt, it was never worth it. No matter how much we achieve, how much money we earn, or how many titles we receive, the temptation to quit something will always be there.

There will always be a house with luscious green grass (i.e. an attractive man or woman, a lucrative position, a fad diet, etc.) There will always be an opportunity to give up on what you have now, in order to gain something else. The question that we have to answer with honesty and transparency in that moment is “is it worth it?”

Is it worth the feeling of regret and guilt?  Is it worth feeling like failure? Is it worth giving up the investment of your time and effort?  Is it worth the shame? Just flat out, is it worth it? You know what giving up feels like but do you know what it feels like to persevere and win?

If not, I dare and challenge you (and myself) to stay committed, push forward and win that thing.  Accomplish that goal.  Achieve that dream. Lose that weight. Stick with that business.  Stay in that marriage, and stay committed.  Do what most people don’t do—stay committed. You and your dreams are worth it.

Scripture: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

p.s. It’s been a while since I’ve posted (about 2 weeks) and please know that I’ve missed y’all!  If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I recently went solo and opened up my own law firm. Things have gotten very busy and I no longer post daily. It won’t stay like this forever but for the next few weeks, my posts will occur 1-3 times a week as I devote my time and attention to my vision.  As always, thanks for reading and subscribing! Y’all are the best!

Love always,

~ETE

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6 Comments
  • Courtney White
    June 19, 2014

    Erika thank you for encouraging us to not give up. I am so thankful I haven’t given up but a lot of that had to do with the support I have through Godly friends, mentors, and even counselors who have provided the encouragement, scriptural guidance, and love that I needed to keep going. While Jesus didn’t need others he showed us that we need positive anointed friends to walk with us on our journey. Praise God for commitment to not giving up!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      June 19, 2014

      Amen! Like the scripture says, we are better together! We can do so much more together than alone. Thank you Jesus for teaching us the value of not giving up!

  • Tif "Mz. EXtra" Wilkins
    June 19, 2014

    Amen! This has been something I’ve been standing on for quite some time. The battle is already won, we just gotta fight the good fight of faith to get there. Thanks for the encouraging words and confirming I’m on the right track 🙂 And I didn’t know you had a blog! Niiiice! And congrats on starting your own law firm! You go, girl!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      June 19, 2014

      Tiff!!! You got that right! It has already been won and victory is ours! Thanks so much for reading & posting! It means so much! And thanks for the congratulations too! God is something kinda amazing and I give Him all the credit! Let’s keep fighting girl!

  • Roselyn
    June 19, 2014

    Each day is an opportunity to be thankful to God for bring you in my life. This might be a long post but I want to share with you the testimony on how God worked through your post today. When i woke up this morning my devotion today was from Galatians 6: 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”. I have 2 friends I share devotions with daily. So I shared with them the understanding lesson I got from my reading. ” What I got from this was sometimes as followers of Christ we can feel very frustrated, when we do good to others and receive nothing in return. We always need to remember that we are working for God and not for ourselves. The chapter goes on to read that when we continue doing good we will reap the benefits when we don’t give up. Yes GIVE UP. It’s amazing the bible addresses giving up. God knows those thoughts will come and he reassured us that when those moments or thoughts come we need to hold on because we are near the finish line. Giving up should rather serve as a reminder that God is with us and He tells us that when we continue the work we will reap the benefits.Personal struggle. This year has been a challenge but it has been the best year in spiritual growth. I see God moving in so many mysterious ways, I believe they are not coincidences but the work of God. Things happen and continue to happen where I believe God positions me to do his work in the lives of those he has and continues to bring my way. Sometimes when things work out for those he puts in my way, I tell myself God I am listening and doing your work. I am grateful for the many ways God is using me but sometimes the devil wants me to feel what about me I have done what God said or wants me to do but he is not showing up in my life or situation. This scripture reminded me that I need to continue doing the work of God and in due time we will all reap the benefit. Let’s not give up even when we feel we are not seeing results as we want In our personal life. It will come all things work together for the good for those who love The Lord and are called according to his will.” After sharing with them what I learned, during the day I also saw and read your post about not Giving up. I smiled and said this is another Jesus in disguise moment. This is where my Faith was put to a test. Last week I interviewed for a job that I have been desiring for a while. After the interview I told a friend if it is God’s will he will open the odor for the job. About an hour ago I received an email about not being accepted for the job. My natural reaction was feeling defeated, disappointed and hopeless. What followed was tears . I texted one of the girls and she said “your reading you shared this morning was about not giving up and Erika’s post was also about not giving up. God knew you would be getting that email and he prepared you ahead of time with Erika’s message and your devotion” so you would not give up but continue in your walk in Faith. Remember you said last week after the interview, if it is God’s will he will open the door. It did not open because he has a different route” . After speaking to her I just smiled and said wow God you are indeed mysterious. Little did I know he was preparing today through these messages and as you said on FB, today will be wonderful for us. Even with the disappointing news it ended wonderfully, by experiencing grace and strength from God through his maidens like you. God bless!!!!Thank you and sorry for the long post.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      June 30, 2014

      Wow Rozzy! I’m just now seeing your post and I want to thank you for sharing it with me and others. It truly blessed me. I too never realized how much the bible mentions perseverance and not giving up until you pointed that out but I’m glad you did! I hit a plateau in my weight loss efforts and it had been so frustrating! But reading your post gave me encouragement and the push I needed to keep going and to keep working. Thanks so much for sharing this. I love how God uses us to help each other. I’ll be keeping you in prayer! That job is closer than you think!

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