I’m done.
I’m over it.
I’m tired. I’m exhausted. I quit. I’m out of here. I’m such a failure. I’m no good. What’s my purpose here, anyway? I’m tired of trying so hard. This is so pointless. I quit. This is ridiculous. Why am I trying so hard?

Have you ever used any of those phrases about anything in your life?
Why is it, that when things become difficult we backoff and we quit?

If you’ve ever been a runner, when you go jogging, there’s a point of exhaustion where your mind is telling you to stop…your body technically could keep going, but your mind is just done with the pain.
So you’ll just stop and walk. It’s easier. Right?

Why keep pushing, keep pressing?
Paul says something different here in 1 Timothy 6:12.
He says “compete well for the faith and lay hold of that eternal life you are called for and made your good confession for in the presence of many witnesses.”

Basically, he is saying, “did you think this was going to be easy?” No, it’s not going to be easy, but you’ve got to keep pressing forward. For two reasons. One it’s your faith. Two, you made the commitment in front of peope. So hang in there.

If you want to win the Olympics, you’ll endure some pain in order to prepare for that Olympic competition. If you want to pass a test, you’ll work hard and stay up late, preparing and studying to pass the test in the same way.

Faith is about an eternal prize. So work hard for it. It’s not going to be easy, but don’t let any setback and push-back stop you or slow you down. Press in, hang in there.