There is a human experience that is unfortunately common to all of us. Regardless of race, gender, age, social status, religious affiliation, or economic rank, at some time or another we’ve all “quit.” Maybe some of the things we quit deserve to be left behind. More than likely there are also some things we should yet quit! But what I’m referring to are the things we should’ve stuck with, and even wanted to. But we didn’t. We felt like we just couldn’t do it anymore. We became discouraged. Or disillusioned. Or maybe we just failed. Our goal was worthy, the dream gave us enthusiasm, and we wanted to achieve it. We put forth effort and had the best of intentions. But something happened along the way, and the task became too much for us. The challenge became too great, and we just could not see how we could keep going. Overwhelmed, frustrated, or exhausted, we gave up; we let the dream disappear.

We’ve all been there. We haven’t all experienced the same degree of discouragement or frustrations, but we’ve all experienced that moment where we began to console ourselves, telling ourselves that we gave it our best effort, but it’s time to bring it to an end. This is why we so enthusiastically celebrate our champions and heroes: they have done what is Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 5.31.20 PMuncommon! They have continued to press on toward their goals despite the resistance, and have continued to sacrifice and push to achieve their dreams! They are uncommon; and they inspire us, motivate us, and  challenge us.

This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll be talking about the next step in our “I Will” journey by highlighting one of the most overlooked commitments we must make in our walk with Christ: “I will persist.” The time will come in our walk with Christ when it will seem so much easier to neglect Him than to follow Him, to compromise our faith rather than to fulfill it. It is at those times that we need the champion’s faith. Join us at 10:30 AM for a service that I believe will help us all experience what it is to have a champion’s faith!

Grace Received,

Joe Payne