Lately, I have been looking back at the path I chose that brought me to where I am today and what advice I would give someone who might now be in a situation that I once was in myself.
We all have a path that we are on to somewhere. Not every course is the same. Sometimes those paths will intertwine or cross over one another.
As a youth, I was in one Foster home after another and at times in one facility for “difficult” children after another. There did not seem to be many placement opportunities for teenagers in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The system did its best with what they had to work with back then.
I am reminded of a poem I kept with me during those years and in my early adulthood. I recall carrying this poem in my back pocket with my giant comb and even in my shoe at times, so I would always have it with me. This poem was my constant go-to for comfort in those days. I have since learned to rely on God, but I still read this poem now and then as an encouragement to me, and on occasions send it to those I know who are struggling through one thing or another in their life.
Today, I would like to share the poem with you too. My hope is you will carry it with you as I once did and pull it out from time to time to help remind you that you can overcome what life is throwing at you right now, and I hope you know that we have a Father in heaven Who is watching over your every move and wants the best for you also.
I am leaving you today with the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier entitled “Don’t Quit” and a reminder from scripture that we are never alone.
John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
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.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.