Giving Up

Sometimes I wonder if I have written about the same things over and over again. If this topic is a repeat, it must be at the forefront of my mind enough to make it worth talking about again.

There is the right time to give up. When it is late at night, and you are still sitting at your desk coding but not making any progress: you should give up and go to bed. If you have stared at the same problem for hours, and you aren’t coming up with any good solution, you should give up and move onto the next thing.

We often confuse the idea of giving up, with the thought that you are walking away from this work forever. Instead, we need to understand that giving up is a way of releasing our grasp. If we can let go for a moment, others will step in, or we’ll come back to the problem wholly refreshed.

There are times when we should never give up. Don’t give up on your life, or anyone else’s. Don’t give up on hope, or love, or doing good for others. But do give up, just for a moment, on those things that you hold so tightly to, that won’t result in catastrophic failure when you take your hands off the wheel. This moment of giving up will remind you that you aren’t in control anyway. And that you do much better when you are refreshed than when you are marathon tired.

Give up, just for a moment. God’s is still in control, even if you aren’t. Don’t give up on yourself or others – ever.