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Never give up

July 18, 2018
By Pastor ROGER LEMKE , Pine Island Eagle

A shabbily dressed elderly couple entered McDonald's and ordered a hamburger, fries and a coke. The manager noticed that the man took two straws. When the couple sat down the man took out a pocket knife and cut the hamburger in half and placed one half of the hamburger and half of the fries in front of his wife. He also put two straws into the coke.

The manager's heart went out to the couple and asked: "Would you like me to bring you another hamburger - no charge?" The man said: "No, Thanks, we share everything."

A little later, the manager returned and said: "Are you sure that I couldn't bring your wife a hamburger? I'm sure she's hungry, and she hasn't eaten a bite."

The man said: "Oh no, we're Ok. We share everything. She's just waiting for my teeth."

How's that for a "We will not give up" attitude? This couple was just like St. Paul who had his "thorn in the flesh." Paul, who had helped so many others, was helpless to help himself. But Paul, like the elderly couple, knew that as long as he kept trying he could not fail. He knew that all setbacks are temporary if he would allow them to be temporary. Therefore Paul said: "The Lord's grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness" ( 2 Cor. 12:9). And then, Paul continues: "I have not yet won the race, but I press on"(Phil. 3:14). In other words, "I refuse to give up."

Paul taught that obstacles come, rain falls on the good and the bad, and the only way that we can overcome is to drop our fear, believe and receive the power of God. Therefore, when your get up and go has gotten up and left, don't fear, but interject an attitude of faith and try never giving up!

Paul had a thorn in the flesh (2 Cor 12:7), but he never gave up. Paul writes: "Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am, because I am a living demonstration of Christ's powerfor the less I have, the more I depend on He who strengthens me" (2 Cor 12:7-10).

When difficulties come, never give in to them, stand up to them, receive Christ's power and face them head on. Just like me, each of you fell when you learned to walk, but that difficulty found its termination in your determination, therefore try never giving up.

Roger Lemke is pastor of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road. Call 239-283-1170 for service times and/or additional information about programs offered.



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