It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
It seems like, especially in the last few years, that society is going through this weird time where people feel they are in control of everything. That they determine how others act, react, and behave. It’s not just people either; it’s media, religion (in the legalistic sense), and many other things that try to exert influence on us and how we should live our life. They tell us that what we are doing is the wrong way to do it, that their way is better. It feels, as if, everything we do is incorrect at times or it’s not good enough.
It is also important to note that it’s not always others who stop us or make us feel inferior, sometimes our biggest enemy is our self. We get inside our own head and make ourselves feel that we aren’t good enough, that our goal is unattainable. We feel defeated, sometimes even before we begin. We fall off the path and decide it’s easier to stay down and avoid possibly falling again. American author F. Scott Fitzgerald said this:
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
We forget that if we fail it isn’t the end. There is still so much ahead of us, just waiting for us to get there. Anyone who ever achieved anything will tell you, it didn’t happen on day one. It took time and perseverance. I failed more than once; figuring out what didn’t work, helped me achieve what did work.
An amazing Christian hip-hop artist named Andy Mineo, has a really cool song that talks specifically about this. In the song he is addressing the people that are trying to hold him back, especially himself.
They try to shut us down, and it ain’t gon’ slide
Only thing I fear is God and he on my side
That’s the confidence of God, cause he got me
That’s why I really feel like
You can’t stop me
That’s all you got? Come on with it
That’s all you got?
You can’t stop me
When we realize that is all they have and our God is fighting for us, how can we even think about stopping? I want to encourage you to not give up. I don’t know what you are going through or what people are telling you, but giving up isn’t an option. You Can’t Stop!
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.