Quitting is not an option

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I’m sure most of us can think of a time in our lives when we were ready to give up. We had disappointed our family and friends, not to mention the embarrassment to ourselves. Feeling like a failure at the moment seemed fatal, forgetting that our God is always ready to give us a second chance, a third, fourth, fifth, etc. He does not count how many times we fail but encourages us to get up and complete the plan He has for our lives. Quitting is not an option for Christians. Running the race to win is the victory we are promised.
Over the years, I’ve read and heard many times the following inspiration story that took place during the 1929 Rose Bowl football game between Georgia Tech and the University of California:
“Georgia Tech played the University of California in the 1929 Rose Bowl. In the game a player recovered a fumble, but became confused and ran the wrong way. A teammate tackled him just before he would have scored a touchdown against his own team. At halftime all of the players went into the dressing room and sat down, wondering what the coach would say. This young man sat by himself; put a towel over his head, and cried.
When the team was ready to go back onto the field for the second half, the coach stunned the team when he announced that the same players who had started the first half would start the second. All of the players left the dressing room except this young man. He would not budge. The coach looked back as he called him again and saw that his cheeks were wet with tears. The player said, ‘Coach, I can’t do it. I’ve ruined you. I’ve disgraced the University of California. I can’t face that crowd in the stadium again.’
Then the coach put his hand on the player’s shoulder and said, ‘Get up and go back in. The game is only half over.’ ”
…. Billy Graham
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