Gbenga OwotokiTuesday, December 17, 2013
Florida, USA




any people are too quick to give up. Some have not even started out before throwing in the towel. For many, life has been a struggle that have led to unbearable hardship with no end in sight. But while some people had given up, others have taken those unpleasant situations in their stride and had made the best out of it.

The setbacks you encounter should be the precursor for your success and breakthroughs. Real success usually does not have a smooth path but those who eventually go through are those who have learnt not to quit. Most people do not know how close they were to success before they gave up.

Don't quit! Better days are ahead. You might have had a horrible past but don't let that hold you down. Don't let your background hold you back. When you get to the point when things are so bad and it seems everything is going against you and you cannot hold on any longer, don't give up, your breakthrough is just around the corner. No matter how hard the challenges, don't give up, there is a prize locked in the price. Don't put the 'lid' on your dreams. You may be thrown into the 'pit' like they did to Joseph. You might have been a victim of wicked conspiracy that has threatened your dreams; your possessions might have been taken from you, but no matter the situation, there is still hope for you for as long as you keep your dreams alive. But dreams are not enough. Many have died with their dreams. They kept dreaming until they slipped into the grave. It is time to act. It's time to turn your dreams into reality. Nothing can stop you if you are determined to succeed. Suicide is not an option. Nothing should make you resolve to take your own life. If others, who had been through worse situation succeeded, you are no exception. You will make it!

I read a story about Florence Chadwick who was the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel. The world was watching as Chadwick fought the dense fog, bone-chilling cold, and many times, the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog. Unable to see the shore, she gave up. Chadwick was disappointed when she found out that she was only half a mile from the coast. She quit, not because she was a quitter, but because her goal was not in sight anywhere. The elements didn't stop her. She said, "I'm not making excuses. If only I had seen the land, I could have made it." Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel. This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had her goal in mind and not only accomplished it but beat the men's' record by two hours.

Giving up on your goals will not bring you the medal. Giving up on your walk with God will definitely not get you into His Kingdom. Some of our experiences are similar to what Florence encountered in her first voyage on the Catalina Channel; after all the efforts she made preparing for this tortuous journey, she gave up when she was only half a mile away from the end. She had gone hundreds of miles already but gave up when she was just half a mile to the end because she could not see that end. How true this is about some of us, giving up because things have not gone the way we planned or probably we are being greeted with failure even when we have not started. What a great lesson we have here! There are forces that daily contend with our walk with God and sometimes we have been knocked down. But it's wonderful to know that you can still pick up those little pieces of your life, put them together, and start all over again. What is obstructing your view of the finishing line? There is a lot of 'dense fog' obstructing our views particularly as we take our journey into eternity. So many believers have lost sight of heaven. Firebrands are turning into icebergs, and the devil has infiltrated into the church. Dear reader, regardless of the 'bad weather' you can make it. Keep your eyes on the prize. Ask the Lord for the grace to hold on till the very end. God can restore you and bring you back to Him. He can bring life to your marriage, invigorate your career, and fire up your ministry. Regardless of what might have happened in the past, He can give you a new start. Give it up to Him and He will take you to your destination.

Gbenga Owotoki is the founder and Presiding Coordinator Hephzibah Network International Ministries; a Ministry committed to stirring up the 'sleeping giant' in people for end-time exploits. A US trained Business and Change Management Strategist. He is widely known as the 'Change Driver' for his simple but yet unique ways through which he initiates changes that are rejuvenating lives and organizations and helping to restore hope to individuals who had completely giving up. A widely travelled international conference speaker and Convener of the annual Giant Conference and Life Summit that have been a blessing to many.